4th Pan African Meeting on Hypertension (IFHA2010)

Venue: Kinshasa

Location: Kinshasa, Zaire

Event Date/Time: May 05, 2010 End Date/Time: May 08, 2010
Registration Date: Feb 28, 2010
Early Registration Date: Jan 31, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 15, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Mar 15, 2010
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Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,
It is our pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 4th African Scientific Meeting on Hypertension which will be held in Kinshasa, DRC, 07-08 May 2010.
Like previous meetings (Yaounde-Cameroon in 2005 & Nairobi-Kenya in 2007 and Abuja-Nigeria in 2009), there is a high quality scientific program related to hypertension research in African and this meeting is following the third Hypertension Teaching Seminar in Africa.

The 4th Hypertension Teaching Seminar in Africa, is organized by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) Low and Middle Income Countries Committee in Kinshasa, DRC, 07-08 May 2010, in collaboration with the European Society of Hypertension (ESH), the World Hypertension League (WHL) and the International Forum for Hypertension Control and Prevention in Africa (IFHA). The seminar is designed for medical doctors up to the age of 50 and residing in Africa, who are involved in the management and/or research in hypertension or hypertension related fields. The seminar will cover all aspects of hypertension and related fields in Africa, presented by a mixed African-European faculty, and will also include abstracts on research in Africa, based on a call for abstracts.

The language of the conference will be English but the teaching seminar is in French.

Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) and Hypertension are currently a substantial cause of preventable death and disability in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, and this burden is projected to be high in the nearest future. Hypertension remains de the most common CVD risk factor in Africa and major cause of premature death by stroke and heart diseases. Evidence indicates that many established approaches such like human resources capacity building, to cutting CVD risk factors are effective and very inexpensive, so, that even countries like SSA with limited health budgets, can implement them and cut their CVD rate drastically.
To meet the challenge, and in response to the growing burden of hypertension and CVD witnessed by African region, this 4th edition of the African scientific meeting on Hypertension is designed to reinforce human resource capacity, especially for physicians and nurses involved in management and prevention of hypertension and related risk factors and complications in daily practice in low resources settings.

The aims of the congress are to:
• Strengthen the skills of community health care providers and improve their knowledge with regards to mechanisms, assessment and management of Hypertension, associated risk factors and related complication in primary healthcare centre.
• Enhance the public health workforce capacity and training health care providers to incorporate Hypertension prevention package into clinical settings with special focus on healthy lifestyle, physical and early intervention activities implementation.
• Reduce the toll of morbidity; disability and premature mortality due to Hypertension and CVD in Africa through early prevention and cost effective control of hypertension and others major CV risk factors

Target Audience :

General practitioners, Hypertension researchers and specialists, public Heath physicians, nephrologists, Internists, endocrinologists, cardiologists, researchers and nurses

On behalf of the International Forum for Hypertesnion control and prevention in Africa (IFHA), it is a great pleasure to welcome you in the Kinshasa meeting.

Chairperson of Organizing committee


Additional Information

The IFHA is the umbrella organisation for all Scientists (individuals, institutions or societies) involved or interested in cardiovascular and hypertension research, Control and Prevention in Africa. The official membership is obtain after registration. The International Forum for Hypertension control and prevention in Africa (IFHA) was inaugurated in Brussels in May 2003. A first meeting gathered experts from various institutions. This was during an international conference organized with support of European Union through ULB- Hôpital Erasme, the African section of the World Health Organization , the World Hypertension League (WHL) , the Belgian Universities (Gent University and KUL Leuven), the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) , Hypertension Societies (the Belgian Hypertension Society, the International Hypertension Society, European Hypertension Society) and the African Union (AU). The overall meeting objectives was to set up specific and priority strategies aimed at curbing the emerging epidemic of CVD in SSA using an international partnership support.