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Global Advocacy

Advocating at the global level to achieve cardiovascular health for everyone

Priority Areas

Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Advocating for fiscal policies, including taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, to help fund UHC.

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Air Pollution

Air pollution is a significant risk factor for CVD and as such must urgently be addressed through research, education, and policy change.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)

RHD is a preventable, treatable form of cardiovascular disease that affects over 33 million people around the world, chiefly in low-resource settings.

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Tobacco

As smoking prevalence continues to climb in the developing world, we are mobilizing the CVD community in the fight against tobacco.

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Advocating at the UN

World Health Organization

WHF is the only organization representing the CVD community in Official Relations with the WHO, the global authority on public health policy.

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United Nations

Our advocacy experts work closely with the UN, its agencies, and other international bodies to influence global policies, strategies and funding.

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Committees and Expert Groups

Advocacy Committee

This Committee is composed of experts representing each WHO Region. It serves to inform and approve science-based policy proposals.

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Tobacco Expert Group (TEG)

The TEG supports the development of WHF position papers, external statements, and internal policies to advance progress on global tobacco control.

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Air Pollution Expert Group (APEG)

The APEG guides the work of WHF in the area of air pollution and CVD, identifying areas for further research and prioritizing key advocacy objectives.

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Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

Uniting for Circulatory Health

The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health brings together international, regional and national stakeholders in circulatory health.

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WHF Advocacy Strategy 2019-22

Latest News

UHC Day: Ensuring equitable access to quality cardiovascular health services for everyone everywhere

On 23 September 2019, world leaders adopted the first United Nations Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage at the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The document represents a comprehensive set of health commitments, providing a framework for action on UHC. The Declaration set the ambitious goals of progressively covering 1 […]

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World Heart Summit 2023 will be held in Geneva ahead of the World Health Assembly

  We are thrilled to announce that the next edition of the World Heart Summit will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 19-21 May 2023, ahead of the 76th World Health Assembly. The timing and location of this invitation-only event — which brings together leaders and innovators from around the world to explore the most pressing challenges in global […]

Preventing and controlling NCDs in the Western Pacific Region

This is a statement made at the seventy-third session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, held from 24 to 28 October 2022 in Manila, Philippines. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates,  The endorsement of the draft Regional Framework on the Future of Primary Health Care in the Western Pacific is an important […]

Advocating for cholesterol control: A World Heart Federation toolkit

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for an estimated 18.6 million deaths every year and remains the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Raised cholesterol is widely recognized as a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, approximately 4.4 million deaths were attributable to elevated LDL cholesterol in 2019.  […]

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