Thirty-fourth session

WPR/RC34.R15

Prevention and Control of Cardiovascular Diseases

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolution WHA36.32 on prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases;

         Recognizing the increasing importance of cardiovascular, diseases as a public health problem in the Region;

         Realizing the need to demonstrate the feasibility of cardiovascular disease control through primary health care, utilizing existing resources;

         Recognizing also the need to attract extrabudgetary resources;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to intensify their efforts to initiate and develop programmes for the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases as an integral part of their national health plans for the achievement of health for all by the year 2000;
    (2) to undertake health services research on cardiovascular diseases in support of the development of prevention and control programmes;
    (3) to establish in their health ministries responsible units, or at least focal points, for the above-mentioned purpose;
    (4) to train health and other relevant personnel, as appropriate, in cardiovascular disease control, with emphasis on primary health care;
    (5) to stimulate awareness of cardiovascular diseases as a public health problem and of the value of general preventive measures in national health education programmes;
  2. REQUESTS those Member States in a position to do so to provide technical and financial support to other countries of the Region in the development and implementation of their programmes;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to support Member States in establishing programmes or in strengthening existing programmes for the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases, using a community-based approach and commencing in selected areas;
    (2) to collaborate with Member States in further mobilizing possible sources of financial support for their programmes;
    (3) to promote:
    (a) health services research on cardiovascular diseases for the development of prevention and control programmes;
    (b) cooperation between countries in research and in prevention and control activities.

09 September 1983


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