International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 547–553 | Cite as

Mediterranean studies of cardiovascular disease and hyperglycemia: analytical modeling of population socio-economic transitions (MedCHAMPS)—rationale and methods

  • Wasim MaziakEmail author
  • Julia Critchley
  • Shahaduz Zaman
  • Nigel Unwin
  • Simon Capewell
  • Kathleen Bennett
  • Belgin Unal
  • Abdullatif Husseini
  • Habiba Ben Romdhane
  • Peter Phillimore
Original Article



In response to the escalating epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the Mediterranean Region (MR), an international collaboration aiming at understanding the burden of CVD and evaluating cost-effective strategies to combat it was recently established. This paper describes the rationale and methods of the project MedCHAMPS to disseminate this successful experience.


The framework of MedCHAMPS is exceptional in combining multiple disciplines (e.g. epidemiology, anthropology, economics), countries [Turkey, Syria, occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Tunisia, UK, Ireland], research methods (situational and policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative studies, statistical modeling), and involving local stakeholders at all levels to assess trends of CVD/diabetes in the society and attributes of the local health care systems to provide optimal policy recommendations to reduce the burden of CVD/diabetes.

Results and conclusions

MedCHAMPS provides policy makers in the MR and beyond needed guidance about the burden of CVD, and best cost-effective ways to combat it. Our approach of building developed–developing countries collaboration also provides a roadmap for other researchers seeking to build research base into CVD epidemiology and prevention in developing countries.


Cardiovascular disease Diabetes Mediterranean Region Trends Population Policies Interventions 



The Project MedCHAMPS is funded by EC FP7 (grant no 223075).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wasim Maziak
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Julia Critchley
    • 3
    • 4
  • Shahaduz Zaman
    • 4
  • Nigel Unwin
    • 5
  • Simon Capewell
    • 6
  • Kathleen Bennett
    • 7
  • Belgin Unal
    • 8
  • Abdullatif Husseini
    • 9
  • Habiba Ben Romdhane
    • 10
  • Peter Phillimore
    • 4
  1. 1.Syrian Center for Tobacco StudiesAleppoSyria
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.St George’s University of LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Institute of Health and SocietyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK
  5. 5.Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West IndiesBarbadosWest Indies
  6. 6.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  7. 7.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  8. 8.Dokuz Eylul UniversityIzmirTurkey
  9. 9.Birzeit UniversityBirzeitOccupied Palestinian Territory
  10. 10.Faculté de Médecine de TunisTunisTunisia

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