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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

Addressing the European Framework for Action on Alcohol 2022-25

This is a statement made at the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the EURO Region. We welcome the European framework for action on alcohol 2022–2025. We endorse the evidence-based language of the Framework. We support the six areas for priority action. They provide a concrete focus on the most cost-effective alcohol […]

Alcohol

Addressing digital transformation in the EURO Region

This is a statement made at the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the EURO Region. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, We thank you for this opportunity to jointly address the Regional Committee on one of the most important and innovative subjects of our times. WHO-Europe has recognised the value that digital health […]

Digital Health

Monitoring progress on UHC and health-related SDGs in the WHO South-East Asia Region

This is a statement made at the 75th Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the SEARO Region. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, The World Heart Federation, supported by South East Asia Regional NCD Alliance (SEAR NCDA), Healthy India Alliance (HIA) and NCD Alliance (NCDA), welcome the Committee’s report. We commend its recognition of strong […]

Universal Health Coverage

WHO Global Strategy on Health, Environment and Climate Change 2020−2030 in the South-East Asia Region

This is a statement made at the 75th Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the SEARO Region.   Honourable Chair, Distinguished delegates, The World Heart Federation, South East Asia Regional NCD Alliance, Healthy India Alliance (India NCD Alliance) and the NCD Alliance, welcome the progress report on the regional plan of action for […]

Air Pollution