Author Affiliations: Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences (Dr Sliwa), and Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital (Dr Mayosi), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; and Eduardo Modlane University Hospital, Maputo, Mozambique (Dr Damasceno).
We thank the authors for their kind comments on our multicenter outcome cohort study on acute heart failure in 9 African countries.1 We fully agree with their views that investment in health research is essential to curb the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), as well as to secure the public good of research and development in Africa and other developing regions of the world.1
Sliwa K, Damasceno A, Mayosi BM. Noncommunicable Diseases in Developing Countries: Focus on Research Capacity Building—Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(11):1031-1032. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1059