Chile: where action on hypertension is saving lives
In Chile, more people die from cardiovascular disease than from any other cause. More than a quarter of all deaths every year ̶ around 30 000 in total ̶ are due to the disease.
Chile was one of the first countries to adopt the WHO Global Hearts Initiative. Since its introduction, the HEARTS technical package has enabled standardized hypertension treatment to be provided to three million people, in 18 lower- and middle-income countries. Sixteen of these countries are in the Pan-American Region, with more than 700 health centres involved. Technical support from PAHO to ministries of health across the Region, through the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative, is helping countries like Chile to adopt global best practices to manage hypertension.