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- Huon H. Gray, MD, FRCP, FESC, FACC⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Southampton University Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, United Kingdom
We are grateful to Dr. Ntim and colleagues for their comments and their support of the international outreach initiative of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), (1) and we welcome collaboration with all organizations holding similar objectives. As they point out, developing partnerships can be much easier planned than implemented, and at all stages, the ACC will need to be sensitive to the cultural and economic environment, health challenges, and inequalities of the host countries. We recognize that worthy and well-meaning attempts to build positive relationships between the peoples of economically developed and less developed nations, and their professional bodies, can easily be undermined by ignorance of local priorities, circumstances, and customs. As the authors point out, “critical dialogue” is vital, and we agree that such a dialogue can be enhanced by the involvement of those working in disciplines other than purely cardiological, although clearly that will be the College's initial focus. As to their final point, we believe that the ACC is already transparent and accountable in its domestic activities, and this approach will certainly be extended to its international affairs.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation