Sub-Saharan Africa consists of 48 countries with a combined population of 974 million in 2016. Uganda and Tanzania are neighbors in East Africa and are low-income countries with rapidly growing populations. Health care is heavily dependent on international donor support, the majority of which is targeted to treating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. There is little to no funding for the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases including stroke and ischemic heart disease, the #5 and #6 causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa. ASAPP supported projects are now operating at six churches and one mosque in Kampala, Uganda and one church in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. ASAPP partners with the Uganda Ministry of Health, Rotary International, and other community-based organizations to promote awareness of high blood pressure and stroke and to expand screening services throughout Uganda and Tanzania.
India is the second most populous country in the world with a population of 1.33 billion in 2016. Despite a growing economy and middle class, 224 million people live in extreme poverty and survive on less than $1.90/day. India is a highly diverse and complex country with multiple languages, religions, traditions, and political parties. Stroke and ischemic heart disease are the #3 and #1 causes of death in India. High blood pressure and diabetes are the main risk factors fueling this growing cardiovascular disease epidemic. ASAPP supported projects are now operating at one church and two Sikh temples in the capital city of Delhi. ASAPP partners with the Lifeline Express/Impact India Foundation to provide free high blood pressure screening and counseling in medically underserved areas of India.