When Dr. Mohamad Janabi was a child in Tanzania, he remembers the stores carried only one kind of chocolate.
Now when he enters a store in the east African nation with his children, he sees more brands than he can count.
The increasing availability of less than healthy foods, combined with more sedentary lifestyles, has led to an increase in heart disease, said Janabi, who is President Jakaya Kikwete’s personal physician. He also is a high-ranking faculty member at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar Es Salaam, the country’s largest city, and is guiding the medical direction of a new Cardiovascular Care Center at the Muhimbili National Hospital.
Janabi is at the Medical University of South Carolina this month, where he is both receiving training in cardiac care and sharing information with MUSC personnel.
Dr. Peter Zwerner, a professor in MUSC’s Division of Cardiology, said when people think about health problems in Africa, diseases such as AIDS often come to mind. But infectious disease rates have been declining, and cardiac disease is on the rise.
MUSC is working with Janabi and others in Tanzania to put in place a “train forward” model for improving heart health, Zwerner said.
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