Interventional - Drug
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most common causes of death in Guyana. Risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and hypertension need to be screened and managed early. Due to a lack of physicians in Guyana, clinicians have little time to screen, identify and fully address CVD and its risk factors. The WHO framework for task shifting and redistributing specific tasks to non-physician health workers (NPHWs) provides a potential solution to this problem.
1) To develop, implement and evaluate a programme for screening and managing CVD and its risk factors using up-to-date evidence and guideline recommendations in Guyana.
2) To evaluate the feasibility of using NPHWs as the primary point of contact.
3) To assess the feasibility of performing larger-scale epidemiological and health intervention studies in Guyana.
Interventional - Drug
Observational, prospective follow-up
Doobay Medical Research Centre, Guyana
Sonia Anand is a Professor, Medicine and Epidemiology at McMaster University; Associate Chair, Diversity and Equity in McMaster’s Department of Medicine; Director of McMaster’s Population Genomics Program; inaugural Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society; and Director, Chanchlani Research Centre for Global Health at McMaster, among other roles.
Her present research focuses upon the environmental and genetic determinants of vascular disease in populations of varying ancestral origin, women and cardiovascular disease. Sonia has published more than 200 articles in peer review journals. Shas been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Russell De Souza, a registered dietitian and nutritional epidemiologist, focuses his research on dietary factors that influence chronic disease throughout the lifespan, with a particular interest in macronutrients, dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease.
He received his doctoral degree in nutritional epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed post-doctoral training in systematic reviews and randomized trial methodology jointly at McMaster University, and at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Dipika Desai oversees many epidemiologic studies, including the South Asian birth cohort, START, the South Asian Heart Risk Assessment (SAHARA), and the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM), as well as management assistance and oversight in the utilization of samples from a number of other studies.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from the M S University in Baroda, India, and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia.
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