May Measurement Month (MMM)

ISH ja WHL ühisettevõtmine, et parandada teadlikust hüpertensioonist ja selle skriinimisest…


(Incorporating World Hypertension Day)


TO: Members of the ISH International Forum (IF) (Affiliated Society members) & WHL Member Organisations

Dear Colleague:

The World Hypertension League (WHL) has been running a very successful World Hypertension Day campaign for a number of years but undiagnosed hypertension continues to be a global burden on society, governments, health care professionals and individuals. To address this crisis, it is imperative that we increase the levels of awareness among the world’s hypertensive population (1).   This can only be achieved with your help and the help of your colleagues through the support of  May Measurement Month 2017 (MMM17) when World Hypertension Day will be expanded to create an exciting campaign delivered by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL).

We have an ambitious goal to screen 25 million people, who have not had their BPs measured since April 30, 2016, during the month of May 2017. To reach this target, each day throughout May we will need to screen on average 100 people in 100 sites in each of 100 countries (100 x 100 x 100 x 25 = 25 million!).  We appreciate that the number of sites will vary from country to country based on the population size. But a target to screen 1% of the population of each country will also get us to target. We believe that this goal is achievable but it can only be met with your support and commitment.  Please join us in this campaign to make a difference.  

With MMM17 we aim to:

  • highlight the need for increased screening for raised Blood Pressure (BP)
  • identify and reduce the BPs of over 2 million people whose raised BP requires intervention according to current guidelines.

How can you and your Society leaders and members get involved with MMM?

  • As a matter of urgency please help us to nominate a National Leader(s):
    • Help us to identify a leader(s) in your country to co-ordinate national activities. This person could be you, a representative of your national society or another suitably committed colleague.
  • Promotion and recruitment:
    • Spread the word about MMM17 and encourage your colleagues and friends to become involved: to establish screening centres, set up screening events in the month of May and / or dedicate their time as volunteers to screen targeted groups of your population. Volunteers may be nurses, doctors, medical students, community health workers etc.
    • Widely publicise MMM17 to the general public and encourage individuals to visit their local screening centre.

How will we support you?

  • MMM website – a stand alone website will soon be available where participants can sign up, download materials and learn more about the campaign
  • A specially designed App will be available to collect all of the blood pressure screening data.  Where a screening centre does not have easy access to the internet it will also be possible to supply your data on an excel database. This App will be made available to all those participating in MMM17,
  • We will supply a toolkit of information and supporting collateral. 
  • Two dedicated project managers will manage the MMM17 and will be available to answer any questions you may have and to help coordinate the global campaign. 

Why are we doing this?

Together, we must try to make a difference to the biggest single contributor to global death and the burden of this disease and we believe that increasing awareness of hypertension is one of the best ways of making such a difference.

MMM17 will represent the largest BP screening programme ever undertaken.  We plan to use the data collected to support research and to publish relevant articles on a national, regional and global level.  You can be part of this exciting initiative and these publications.

If you or a colleague are willing to get involved or become a national leader, then simply send the message “Count me in” to and we will follow up with more details.

Please sign up urgently.

We look forward to receiving your support so that together we CAN make a difference.

Yours sincerely

Neil Poulter                                                                                                       Daniel T Lackland                                                            

ISH President                                                                                                    WHL President

On behalf of the MMM ISH/WHL collaboration                                                                

Ref1 = PURE study (Chow et al JAMA 2013) Hypertension awareness was reportedly only 46% globally.