HEARTS in the Americas: Guide and Essentials for Implementation
This manual complements the WHO HEARTS technical package Implementation Guide. Expanding on specific lessons learned from the systematic implementation of HEARTS in the Americas as it spans various roles and requires coordination across ministry of health (MOH) departments, stakeholders, partner agencies, scientific societies, and academic institutions. Documenting the implementation and scale-up experiences of countries in the Americas is timely to propel forward the institutionalization of the HEARTS model for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk management, including hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia in PHC in the Americas by 2025. This manual is designed to be practical and user-friendly. It aims to guide implementers at national and subnational levels to navigate throughout different stages of implementation and to ensure longtime sustainability. The manual is written for national focal points, managers and coordinators at subregional, provincial, district, municipal level, and health facilities implementing HEARTS. It is intended to answer frequently asked questions about the premises, objectives, components, and steps for implementation of the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative.