Healthy Heart Africa

Strengthening healthcare capabilities.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of non-communicable disease (NCD)-related mortality in the Africa region. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the main risk factors for CVD, and it is estimated to affect nearly half of adults aged 25 and older across the region.

Launched in 2014, Healthy Heart Africa is our leading access to medicines programme. Through it, we are helping to tackle a silent killer in parts of the world where access to healthcare is at its lowest. Our goal is to treat 10 million people with hypertension in Africa over the next 10 years.

Working with local partners, we are providing training and establishing healthcare centres for screening and treating patients.

In our first year, we:

  • Conducted one million hypertension screenings in Kenya
  • Opened over 250 health facilities
  • Trained over 2,600 healthcare workers across 21 countries
  • Diagnosed close to 150,000 patients with high blood pressure
  • Started treatment for 25,000 patients.