"The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) brings together leading health research funding agencies of key countries (currently USA, Canada, UK, Australia, China, India and South Africa) to coordinate research activities addressing on a global scale the prevention and treatment of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer and mental health. The first coordinated research programme of the GACD focuses on hypertension prevention and control in Low and Middle Income Countries. The specific objectives of the forthcoming work of the GACD Secretariat are the following: 1) Coordinate among the GACD members the next chronic disease research programme, 2) coordinate among GACD members and participating research teams the joint activities of the GACD Hypertension Programme and 3) implement the communications strategy."
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