In a fast-modernizing and growing country, Vietnam faces a rising urban health threat – hypertension. Known as a “silent killer”, hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the most deadly non-communicable disease affecting one billion people worldwide.
Mr. Nguyen Cong Hai works with the Ho Chi Minh City Communities for Healthy Hearts’ blood pressure network providing free blood pressure checks and advice in his local community.
Since December 2016, Mr. Hai has screened 279 people for hypertension, 72 of whom he referred for further diagnosis. 49 people were later diagnosed with hypertension. Despite his achievements, Mr. Hai feels like his job is never done, and always keeps his eye out for friends and neighbors who may be at risk.
“I try to support my neighbors. Keeping busy keeps me moving and keeps me healthy. I encourage people to check their blood pressure, and tell them if they need further treatment at a commune health station or hospital.”
Partnering with PATH and local partners in Ho Chi Minh City, Communities for Healthy Hearts brings hypertension detection and management closer to local communities by maximizing hypertension screening and education opportunities outside the health system, placing screening stations in local shops, markets, pharmacies and other businesses.