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10 Best Buys for CVD and diabetes | Heart | Volume 99, Issue 14, pp. 973-974 This article is behind a paywall.

“The last three ‘Best Buys’ for the development of cardiovascular care in Africa relate to strengthening of a district-based primary healthcare system in countries, the development of regional hubs for specialized medical and surgical care, and the institution of robust surveillance and monitoring systems for burden of disease and quality of care.”

In this editorial published in Heart in 2013, Bongani Mayosi proposes the 10 ‘Best Buys’ needed to combat heart disease, diabetes, and stroke in low-income settings on the African continent, reflecting recent efforts in academic research by pan-African institutions such as the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and Cardiovascular Journal of Africa.

The editorial argues that the World Health Organization’s  ‘4-by-4 approach’ to combat the four major NCDs (CVD, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases) and four risk factors (tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol) are important interventions but not enough.