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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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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

Highlights from the 74th World Health Assembly

The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74), under the theme “Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world”, concluded this week, with Member States adopting more than 30 resolutions and decisions on diabetes, noncommunicable diseases, patient safety, neglected tropical diseases, oral health, local production of medicines, social determinants of health, and the healthcare workforce, among others. Of particular […]



Oral Health

Rheumatic Heart Disease

WHF announces new conflict of interest policy on tobacco

On World No Tobacco Day, the World Heart Federation has launched a new initiative to address tobacco industry interference in science and research. Tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the world. The tobacco industry has a long history of systematic and deliberate interference in health and regulatory sciences. By […]


Addressing patient safety at #WHA74

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 13.1: Global action on patient safety by the International Alliance of Patients Organizations, International Atherosclerosis Society, International Diabetes Federation, International Ergonomics Association, International Hospital Federation, World Federation of Public Health Associations, World Heart Federation, International Society of Nephrology and World Organization of […]

Addressing social determinants of health at #WHA74

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 22.1: Social Determinants of Health on behalf of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC),  the World Heart Federation and the NCD Alliance. Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this statement on behalf of UICC, WHF, and NCDA. We welcome the […]