World Health Day: New data on older people's health and hypertension

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HelpAge International, the network that improves the lives of older people, today, World Health Day, publishes the results of its own survey of civil society organisations working with older people in 42 countries. The results reveal a shocking global picture of the work which still needs to be done to provide adequate information and screening for high blood pressure; an easily treatable condition which affects one billion people around the world.

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World Health Day: New data on older people's health and hypertension

  1. 1. Free drugs are only available in 46% of countries askedQuestion 1: Does the Health Service in your country provide free drugs forthe treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension)?
  2. 2. Free drugs are not easily obtainable for olderpeople in urban areas in 61% of countries askedQuestion 1a: If the answer to question 1 was YES, are these drugs easilyobtainable for older people in urban areas?
  3. 3. Free drugs are not easily obtainable for older people in rural areas in 70% of countries askedQuestion 1b: If the answer to question 1 was YES, are these drugs easilyobtainable for older people in rural areas?
  4. 4. There is no information campaign about high blood pressure in 58% of countries askedQuestion 2: Is there an information campaign (through leaflets, radio,television, newspapers or any other means) about high blood pressure inyour country?
  5. 5. The government does not offer free screening for older people in 59% of countries askedQuestion 3: Does your government say they offer free screening to olderpeople for the detection of high blood pressure?
  6. 6. There is no easily accessible programme of free screening for older people in 70% of countries askedQuestion 4: Does your government actually provide an easily accessibleprogramme of free screening for older people?

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