The Ghana Heart Foundation (GHF) will be embarking on a campaign dubbed “save the little heart” throughout the country.
The campaign would be followed with a major concert in Accra on the 29th of September, 2012 which will see musicians from Ghana and other African countries performing on one stage.
As part of the campaign, GHF has taken the opportunity to raise fund to support the foundation and the musicians who will devote their time and energy to give out their best.
Speaking at the media launch in Accra last Monday, the GHF ambassador, Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi indicated that the campaign would spread the message that at least 80% of premature death could be avoided if necessary steps are taken.
According to Ras Appiah-Levi, heart diseases and stroke can be prevented if the main risk factors like tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are controlled.
The GHF ambassador mentioned that one of the major topics the campaign would be focusing is the prevention of cardiovascular disease among women and children adding that “CVD is commonly considered an older persons and a man's disease, women underestimate their CVD risk”.
He said currently the leading course of death in the world is heart disease claiming about 17.1 million lives each year and half of which occur in women.
He said the close to five million deaths per annum globally is being caused by tobacco and that there is the need for serious advocacy to reduce the prevalence.
The general secretary of motor riders association Mr. Victor Ayettey on his part said their aim of join the campaign was to help raise fund to enable standard cardiovascular centers to be put up in all the regions within the shortest possible time
The general secretary of Pan Africa – Ghana, one of the partner organizations in the campaign, Mr. Leeford Quarshie announced that in 2014 as part of the project, musicians around Africa and the world would rally in Accra to raise awareness about the dangers and the need to donate to GHF.
By: Iddrissu Abubakari Jara