Hypertension is prevalent all around the world; one in three adults lives with hypertension. Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease which is the leading cause of death among older Africans. The burden of cardiovascular disease is estimated to be twice as high in 2020 as it was in 1999 with severe negative impact on the economic development in many ways, including the high cost of treatment, limited productivity and increase in inequalities. Noncommunicable chronic diseases (NCDs) impose a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa in addition to communicable diseases.
Last date updated on July, 2014