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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

Accelerating progress on prevention and control of NCDs in the WHO South-East Asia Region

This is a statement made at the 74th Session of the WHO Regional Committee of the South-East Asia on Agenda Item 8.1: Accelerating progress on prevention and control of NCDs, including oral health and integrated eye care, in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this […]

On the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, the World Heart Federation calls for global action to mitigate the negative impacts of air pollution on people’s health

GENEVA (7 September 2021) – The World Heart Federation (WHF) has developed a new policy brief aimed at reducing the negative impacts of air pollution on people’s cardiovascular and overall health. Together with high blood pressure, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, air pollution is one of the most important risk factors for heart attack, stroke, […]

Air Pollution

Heart and lung organizations urge World Health Organization to publish Global Air Quality Guidelines

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and thirteen partner organisations have written to the World Health Organization (WHO) to call on WHO to proceed with the rapid publication and dissemination of the 2021 update to the WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs). Read the open letter below. We are leading medical, public health, and scientific societies and patients’ organizations […]

Air Pollution

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