SEATTLE AND KARACHI (28 October 2020) – Tabba Heart Institute (THI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine partner to increase public knowledge and inform cardiovascular health policymakers in Pakistan by collecting and sharing data , leveraging their expertise in health metrics science to provide more accurate estimates of the national and provincial burden of cardiovascular disease in Pakistan.
The THI faculty, a dedicated heart care center in Karachi, will:
- Provides technical expertise to guide cardiovascular disease estimates at the provincial and national levels of the country in Pakistan,
- Coordinates data collection efforts through the Institute’s cardiovascular disease registries, and
- Integrate cardiovascular care into the analysis of IHME heart disease studies.
Faculty and staff at IHME will analyze this data to produce a better estimate of cardiovascular disease in Pakistan and help disseminate the results to stakeholder groups.
“Although cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death both globally and in Pakistan, surprisingly there is surprisingly little data available on its burden domestically. Therefore, this partnership with THI has the potential to help explain important health differences across several dimensions – age, sex and location, “said Dr. Gregory Roth, who leads cardiovascular disease modeling for the IHME Global Disease Burden Study.
Over the past 20 years, ischemic heart disease has been the leading cause of premature death and overall ill health in Pakistan. Without additional data on this issue, policymakers need more detailed information and comprehensive analysis to make better decisions about allocating resources for preventive care and treatment.
THI will be the first Pakistani organization to produce population-level cardiovascular health estimates for the Sindh Province and across Pakistan.
“We at THI appreciate this collaboration with IHME. THI is committed not only to excellent patient care, but also to leveraging our cardiovascular data to improve public health and research the burden of cardiovascular disease at the population level, “said THI Executive Director Dr. Bashir Hanif.
“There are significant global differences in survival rates for cardiovascular disease. By partnering with THI, we have a great opportunity to extract unique data and provide insightful analysis to better understand cardiovascular health in Pakistan,” said Dr. Roth.
The annual Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study is a systematic and scientific effort to measure the magnitude of the health costs of all major illnesses, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex and population. With more than 5,000 collaborators in nearly 150 countries and territories, the GBD study examines more than 300 diseases and injuries. The estimates generated are used around the world to direct resources, identify gaps in data availability, and focus attention on policy makers, donors and other stakeholders.
“IHME has been working with partners in Pakistan to produce analyzes of GBD at the provincial level over the past two years, but this partnership with THI provides a unique opportunity to illuminate the emergence of non-communicable diseases and help policymakers identify relevant steps in improving cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Ali Mokdad of IHME.
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About the Tabba Heart Institute
Tabba Heart Institute (THI) is a heart-specific standalone facility providing acute care and comprehensive outpatient services for adult patients with cardiovascular disease in Karachi, Pakistan. This institution was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization. THI has two satellite centers for outpatient services, one in Karachi and the other in Hyderabad. At THI, our goal is to provide the highest level of cardiac care in a professional and ethical manner. The institutional vision is to become one of the leading regional centers in cardiovascular care and clinical research.
About the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington School of Medicine that provides rigorous, comparable measurements of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME is committed to transparency and making this information widely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about allocating resources to improve population health.
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