The American Heart Association and the China Social Assistance Foundation Announce the Establishment of the First AHA International Training Center in China with Focus on Bystander Response to Cardiac Arrest

A remarkable milestone for future cooperation in the advancement of CPR training to reduce cardiovascular disease mortality

October 13, 2016 Categories: Foreign Language News Releases, Program News

[Please note: This release was translated from the original Simplified Chinese version.]

Beijing, China Oct, 13, 2016 – Today, at the 27th International Great Wall Conference on Cardiology, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the China Social Assistance Foundation (CSAF) held a signing ceremony to announce the establishment of the first AHA international training center in China with a primary focus on bystander response to cardiac arrest.

Leaders from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), local healthcare providers and heart health advocates attended and witnessed this historic moment, which marks a significant step forward in advancing CPR training and cardiovascular science sharing between the two countries.

The center, to be located in Beijing, will deliver quality American Heart Association training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid and automated external defibrillator (AED) use to first responders and the general public. There will also be a component that offers training to healthcare providers, which the AHA currently offers throughout China through its training centers.

At the AHA Beijing training center, experienced AHA faculty from China will offer standardized CPR, first aid and AED training to develop a team of instructors within CSAF who will deliver CPR training around the country and leverage the power of the media and awareness campaigns to enhance the public’s cardiovascular health  education.

Cardiovascular disease is an increasing and devastating health threat to China. About 230 million Chinese have cardiovascular disease. Every year there are about 544,000 deaths from cardiac arrest in China, much more than other countries. In a cardiac arrest, seconds count. Immediate CPR by someone nearby can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. In China, the survival rate from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is less than 1 percent against twelve percent in the United States.

To increase CPR awareness and training in China, MOST and AHA signed a formal memorandum of understanding to advance the sharing of CPR training and cardiovascular science between U.S. and China in May 2015. With this agreement, the AHA set a goal of training 10 percent of the population in China in CPR.

According to Jin Xiaoming, head of MOST, introducing international advanced technologies is a remarkable achievement of the health science and technology exchange between the U.S. and China.

“The AHA international training center will be the hub of an in-depth cooperation between China and international organizations in health science and technology to collaborate together to find ways in reducing the danger and burden of cardiovascular disease in China,” he stressed.

Data shows immense global growth of noncommunicable chronic diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular disease, with death from cardiac arrest a serious accompanying threat. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart has an abnormal rhythm which causes it to stop pumping blood to the brain, lungs and other organs.

In fact, each minute without CPR decreases a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival by 10 percent. For out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the action of a bystander immediately stepping in to perform CPR really matters. Thus, getting the population trained to quickly perform CPR is essential for saving lives.

As the only organization that provides first aid, CPR and advanced lifesaving training in more than 80 countries, the American Heart Association possesses both standardized training programs and valuable experiences in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease worldwide.

“AHA aims to fight against heart disease and stroke, ensuring that each and every person has the right to good health. In a 10-year period starting in 2003, AHA played a significant role in reducing U.S. deaths from cardiovascular disease by 29 percent. We believe this kind of successful experience can benefit China. In close collaboration, we will share the best and brightest solutions in both countries to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said Mark Creager, M.D., professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and also the immediate past president of the American Heart Association.

“We hope that soon we will see at least 10% of China’s population trained in CPR,” Creager continued.  

Experienced in promoting and operating this kind of training program, CSAF has received positive feedback from a number of suitable partners. The AHA CPR training program in China will be branded as a non-profit project and will be promoted throughout the country.

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