Since 2011 Steven van de Vijver is the Director of Urban Health at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. He is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya where he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) on the SCALE UP project. The SCALE UP project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate a cost-effective and scalable model for prevention of cardiovascular diseases, with a focus on hypertension. The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) jointly developed this model in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The project is implemented in Korogocho, a Nairobi slum with 35,000 residents. Through household visits, Community Health Workers identified people at risk for hypertension, and referred them to a local clinic where high quality care was offered by trained staff using standardized guidelines. The impact of the model is currently being evaluated, and there is already interest to increase the coverage of the project to one million residents in the eastern, poor part of Nairobi.
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