CARDIO4Cities is our cardiovascular population health approach that we built and validated in three cities across three continents. In each city, we help authorities use the power of data to make better decisions for health systems and the population, tap into emerging HealthTech innovations where appropriate, and inform the investment into impactful digital health solutions by global best practices from the Broadband Commission’s roadmaps on virtual health and care, and AI maturity in health.
After just 1-2 years of implementation in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil), Dakar (Senegal) and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), the CARDIO4Cities approach dramatically improved hypertension control rates at population level, the prime risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and showed positive effects on stroke and coronary heart disease rates. This increase in control of hypertension could be translated into a reduction of up to 13% of strokes and up to 12% of heart attacks already during implementation.
A paper published in PLOS Global Public Health in April 2023 provides evidence that CARDIO4Cities is a cost-effective approach to alleviate the growing cardiovascular disease burden in cities across the world.