News > Honorary Participation of Zahedan University of Medical Sciences Community Health Volunteers in the Iranian National "High Blood Pressure Control Campaign”
Report from: ZAUMS PHC Network Development & Resources Management Department
Published on: 19 June 2019
Community health volunteers (CHVs) play an integral role in primary healthcare, as they can make significant contribution in health service delivery. Community health volunteers are increasingly involved in public health programs. They have made significant contribution to the improvement of maternal and child health, and prevention and care for communicable diseases. As a result of this historic success, community health workers have been proposed as frontline workers to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCD) through task shifting and health promotion (1).
Numerous studies have shown community health workers to be effective in improving control of hypertension in high-income countries. Evidence on the implementation of primary prevention strategies using community health volunteers is still developing. However, the existing evidence suggests that, compared with standard care, using CHVs in public health programmes have the potential to be effective in Low and Middle Income Countries, particularly for tobacco cessation, blood pressure and diabetes control (2).
World Health Organization has proposed a 25% relative reduction in the prevalence of hypertension by 2025 (3). One way to address the emerging hypertension burden in the countries could be to involve community health workers (4).
More than 1,700 Community Health Volunteers, along with healthcare workers from Zahedan University of Medical Sciences have participated in the Iranian National "High Blood Pressure Control Campaign”. In addition to blood pressure screening, they have embarked on disseminating information and raising awareness on the importance of preventing high blood pressure in the society.
Moreover, a total of 143 volunteer medical, nursing and midwifery students have been providing free blood pressure checks at the stations set up by Zahedan University of Medical Sciences.
Part of the activities carried out by CHVs in the Iranian National "High Blood Pressure Control Campaign:
- Encouraging the people to actively participate in the campaign
- Conducting training sessions in the mosques, Religion and Life Clubs, Neighborhood Health Foci
- Information dissemination in the governmental agencies and organization
- Neighborhood and student volunteers providing free blood pressure checks to people who attended the Shia and Sunni Friday prayers ceremonies
- Active participation of CHVs in a wide range of activities carried out at blood pressure stations
- Cooperation of CHVs in the education and blood pressure measurement in a blood pressure station set up at Saravan Border Market
- Identifying and referring pregnant mothers to health posts to have their blood pressure checked
- Identification of patients with hypertension and their referral to health centers
- Informing students at universities by student Community Health Volunteers
- Participation of religious leaders as Community Health Volunteers in informing and educating the public on high blood pressure risks and prevention measures
- Participation of the Governor of Sib Suran district as a CHVs in the Campaign
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2. Jeet G, Thakur JS, Prinja S, Singh M. Community health workers for non-communicable diseases prevention and control in developing countries: Evidence and implications. PLoS One. 2017;12(7):e0180640.
3. World Health Organization. A global brief on hypertension : Silent killer, global public health crisis: World Health Organization,; 2013. Available from: https://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/publications/global_brief_hypertension/en/.
4. Neupane D, McLachlan CS, Mishra SR, Olsen MH, Perry HB, Karki A, et al. Effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention led by female community health volunteers versus usual care in blood pressure reduction (COBIN): an open-label, cluster-randomised trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2018;6(1):e66-e73.
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