Main menu

Responsibility

Title

HOPE's Shanghai NCD Program Comes Full Circle, and there is so much to be proud of!

The Project HOPE Shanghai program team conducted a recent daylong session to evaluate 15 health education programs that focused on CAH (heart disease related), Stroke (blood flow/blockage related), and COPD/OSAS (Lung disease & Sleep Apnea.) These are programs that the HOPE team in China has helped develop, implement and fund. I had the privilege of serving as an independent evaluator on the panel of four evaluators. I may be the only one without an M.D. or Ph.D. after my name, but I gave it all that any good and fair independent evaluator would in understanding objectives/goals of each program and assessing the effectiveness of processes and outcomes and the application of innovations. In any case, there was much passion both in the room as well as in implementing these programs at hospitals and medical facilities in Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai. I was really pleased to see the numbers of collaborative networks created as a result of the programs. These networks are a true model of the day-to-day working partnerships needed between Tertiary (Tier 1) Hospitals, Secondary (Tier 2) Hospitals to Community Hospitals as well as Community Centers.  What was more impressive is the knowledge and confidence gained by the medical leaders of these programs, and the plan and desire to continue and expand the programs. The successes and lessons learned from these programs will contribute to the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) program manual that I’m authoring as part of my fellowship with Project HOPE.  NCDs include cardiovascular diseases (like coronary heart disease, heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. NCDs are now the leading cause of mortality in the world with over 80 percent of deaths occurring in developing countries across all economic sectors. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that 36 million of the 57 million global deaths in 2008 were due to NCDs. That is approximately 63% of total deaths worldwide. In China, the mortality rate is over 85% in the general population based on WHO’s 2011 statistics for cardiovascular disease and other NCDs. The NCD manual is one of my key deliverables that will outline a roadmap for new programs to strengthen health on non-communicable disease prevention, intervention, and management for patients, families and health care providers.  The manual will provide a framework to guide the development of new NCD programs in developing countries or new provinces/regions to ensure all key components are addressed to increase success based on the experience and knowledge Project HOPE gained operating NCD programs (particularly in China) over the past 2 decades.   This manual will also incorporate perspectives from respected international organizations on the global NCD epidemic. 

The successes and lessons learned from these programs will contribute to the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) program manual that I’m authoring as part of my fellowship with Project HOPE.  NCDs include cardiovascular diseases (like coronary heart disease, heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. NCDs are now the leading cause of mortality in the world with over 80 percent of deaths occurring in developing countries across all economic sectors. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that 36 million of the 57 million global deaths in 2008 were due to NCDs. That is approximately 63% of total deaths worldwide. In China, the mortality rate is over 85% in the general population based on WHO’s 2011 statistics for cardiovascular disease and other NCDs.

The NCD manual is one of my key deliverables that will outline a roadmap for new programs to strengthen health on non-communicable disease prevention, intervention, and management for patients, families and health care providers.  The manual will provide a framework to guide the development of new NCD programs in developing countries or new provinces/regions to ensure all key components are addressed to increase success based on the experience and knowledge Project HOPE gained operating NCD programs (particularly in China) over the past 2 decades.   This manual will also incorporate perspectives from respected international organizations on the global NCD epidemic.

View all posts by Connie Lieu »