Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are responsible for a large share of early deaths and disability globally. Developing countries, due to the ongoing epidemiological transition, face a dual burden of both communicable and chronic diseases including CVD. This puts a tremendous strain on their already stretched health systems. The effect of the growing burden of disease due to CVD is not limited to the health sector alone but threatens the macro economy in developing countries.


Formative research from developing countries such as India suggests that policy makers and programme managers do not perceive non communicable diseases as a major problem and continue to be focussed on the unfinished agenda of pre transitional disease, such as infections and under nutrition. A strong and attractive argument for them is the economic benefits that accrue from postponing and reducing the CVD burden. The project therefore proposed to increase the awareness of adverse micro and macro economic consequences of CVD by strengthening technical capacity in and implementing primary preventive activities at the community and society level to reduce the burden of disease due to CVDs in developing countries.