Strengthening Health Systems
We strengthen health systems and expand access to life-enhancing therapies by working with various partners to train healthcare providers and build health system capacity around the world.
Medtronic also promotes patient education and improved health literacy through initiatives like our Beijing Patient Care Center and the World Economic Forum Workplace Wellness Alliance.
In addition, Medtronic Foundation grants fund non-governmental organizations integrating NCD prevention, diagnosis and treatment into existing and emerging care structures in developing countries.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of Brazilian women, where one out of five women over the age of 30 is at risk of developing CVD.
Using World Heart Day 2012 as a focal point, Medtronic Latin America expanded its successful “What Else is Behind the Bikini?” campaign in Brazil with a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) that will air on the top-rated Brazilian lifestyle channel Discovery Network Home & Health through the end of calendar year.
Supported by two prominent national medical societies and the World Heart Federation, the “Bikini” campaign raises awareness of heart disease in women and provides tools that foster conversations between women and their healthcare providers. In its first six months, the campaign reached approximately 19 million people through print, radio, television and online communications. The PSA will extend the reach of this critical message.
In April, Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Foundation participated in the 2012 World Congress of Cardiology, highlighting the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in achieving results related to NCDs and convening two forums related to Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).
The RHD forums collectively brought together a global delegation of almost 50 RHD practitioners representing 22 countries, including representatives of several underrepresented countries who were able to attend through support from a Medtronic Foundation grant to the World Heart Federation. The forums allowed attendees to discuss critical needs in RHD on national and global levels and achieved the following:
Convening and Partnerships
- Exchange of information and best practices among countries (this was the largest convening of RHD practitioners in two decades)
- Opportunity to connect and plant the seeds of future partnerships
- Discussion of opportunities to leverage existing infrastructure and other NCD programs
- Clearer understanding and willingness to engage the private sector
- The Medtronic Foundation is spearheading a mapping exercise to identify and prioritize barriers and needs in the continuum of care.
- Medtronic Foundation grantee, WiRED International, will lead the development of IT applications to address some of the common barriers faced by all countries.
To help address the shortage of trained diabetes healthcare professionals in India, home to an estimated 60 million diabetics, the Medtronic Foundation awarded grants to two organizations spearheading programs to train doctors, diabetes educators, technicians and community health workers.
Medtronic Foundation funds will contribute to the India Diabetes Research Foundation plan to launch a post-graduate diploma program in diabetes in Chennai in partnership with a university. In addition, a Medtronic Foundation two-year grant to the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation is supporting the training of 20 physicians, 2 ophthalmologists, 12 certified diabetes educators and 5 students completing diabetes-focused nurse and technician courses.
Medtronic, China National Center for Cardiovascular Disease Work Together to Educate Patients, Healthcare Professionals Medtronic, China National Center for Cardiovascular Disease Work Together to Educate Patients, Healthcare Professionals
Access to information on medical technology is a major challenge in China, where more than 260 million people suffer from chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease. In large cities, patients with a chronic disease have an average of 20 minutes to discuss treatment options with a physician during their first visit to the hospital1.
To address this issue, Medtronic opened a hands-on Patient Care Center in Beijing to educate patients, physicians and caregivers on our latest cardiovascular therapies. Operated in cooperation with China’s National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, the center provides a wide range of materials, from interactive videos to three-dimensional heart models, which help patients make informed decisions regarding their treatment.
1Based on a 2010 Livingston Market Consultants sample survey of patients in Beijing.
The Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) business at Medtronic hosted an inaugural Implant Summit in 2011 that brought leading physicians from China, India, and Malaysia together with nearly 200 Medtronic CRDM employees.
Discussions with the visiting physicians centered on implant improvements, understanding patients’ needs, and key economic and healthcare issues relevant in emerging markets; all critical steps to making Medtronic technologies more accessible to people in these countries who need them.
The physicians also spent a full day in the lab, testing Medtronic products and sharing information on the unique abilities and skills they’ve acquired by working in environments that offer limited medical supplies. CRDM plans to host another Implant Summit in 2012.
Leveraging HIV/AIDS, Primary Care Infrastructures to Strengthen NCD Care in Rwanda, India, South Africa Leveraging HIV/AIDS, Primary Care Infrastructures to Strengthen NCD Care in Rwanda, India, South Africa
Medtronic Foundation grants support the work of Partners in Health (PIH) to create a model for integrating prevention and treatment of NCDs into the primary care system in some of the world’s poorest rural communities in Rwanda. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, PIH focuses on nurse training, but physicians, community health workers and health policy makers are also involved at the national, district and local levels. Prevention is a critical piece of the strategy to reduce heart disease and other NCDs, and is a component of the training.
The Medtronic Foundation also supports the Center for Chronic Disease Control in India, specifically the organization’s work to develop a model and tools to integrate the awareness, prevention, diagnosis, and management of NCDs into the primary care system. The project also includes deploying trained community health workers for improving cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention and care at the community level; and integrating e-learning decision-based support systems to aid primary care physicians and community health workers’ management of CVD and diabetes.
In South Africa, the Medtronic Foundation supports Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) which adapts HIV/AIDS tools, systems and strategies to prevent, diagnose, and care for patients with diabetes and hypertension, focusing on nurse-led services at health center level. The project includes both primary and secondary prevention.
Medtronic Employee Skilled Service Pilot Tackles NCDs
Grantee Partners in Health Addresses NCDs in Rwanda
A collaborative initiative to increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival in the U.S.