Approaches to Sustainable Capacity Building for Cardiovascular Disease Care in Kenya

Cardiol Clin. 2017 Feb;35(1):145-152. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2016.08.014.


Cardiovascular diseases are approaching epidemic levels in Kenya and other low- and middle-income countries without accompanying effective preventive and therapeutic strategies. This is happening in the background of residual and emerging infections and other diseases of poverty, and increasing physical injuries from traffic accidents and noncommunicable diseases. Investments to create a skilled workforce and health care infrastructure are needed. Improving diagnostic capacity, access to high-quality medications, health care, appropriate legislation, and proper coordination are key components to ensuring the reversal of the epidemic and a healthy citizenry. Strong partnerships with the developed countries also crucial.

Keywords: Capacity building; Kenya; Low- and middle-income countries; Sustainable cardiovascular care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building / organization & administration*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Kenya / epidemiology
  • Morbidity / trends