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Cardiovasc J Afr. 2017 Jul/Aug;28(4):274-276.

Illuminating the pathway for the next generation of cardiovascular medicine practitioners and researchers: Highlights of the Joint PASCAR-SCC clinical symposium on hypertension and heart failure, Cameroon.

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1
Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy (CRENC), Douala, Cameroon.
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Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy (CRENC), Douala, Cameroon. Email: aitdzudie@yahoo.com ; Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon; Douala General Hospital, Douala, Cameroon; Pan-African Society of Cardiology; Cameroon Cardiac Society.
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Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon; Cameroon Cardiac Society.
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Douala General Hospital, Douala, Cameroon; Cameroon Cardiac Society.
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Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon; Douala General Hospital, Douala, Cameroon.
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Douala General Hospital, Douala, Cameroon.
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Pan-African Society of Cardiology.
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Pan-African Society of Cardiology; Instituto Nacional de Saüde, and Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique.
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Mary Mackillop Institute of Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Australia.
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Pan-African Society of Cardiology; Hatter Institute of Cardiovascular Research, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

The Pan-African Society of Cardiology roadmap aims to achieve a 25% control of hypertension by the year 2025. Whether this is attainable or not depends largely on the capacity of healthcare providers and policy makers to address the rising prevalence of hypertension and its complications, including heart failure. Task sharing is fundamental in optimising hypertension control. The Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy (CRENC) engaged with the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and the Cameroon Cardiac Society (SCC) in a joint hypertension and heart failure symposium at the Douala General Hospital in 2016. The primary aims were to foster clinical research in cardiovascular medicine by raising awareness on cardiovascular diseases, to provide evidence-based training of an international standard, to encourage the conduction and dissemination of high-quality research, and to build programmes for continuing medical education. The secondary aim was to potentiate the 2nd Douala Research and Scientific Days. The symposium, which featured didactic lectures interspaced with oral/poster abstract presentations and a clinical visit, culminated in the launching of the book Heart of Africa, and the Young Investigator award. It is hoped that these served to capacitate existing cardiovascular structures, breed the next generation of cardiovascular physicians and researchers, and imprint a trail of clinical research excellence to be emulated in Cameroon and beyond.

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