Launch of the White Paper on Circulatory Health, 25 September 2018, New York
The Global Coalition will launch the White Paper on Circulatory Health entitled Driving Sustainable Action for Circulatory Health on 25 September in New York, bringing together leaders in public health, government, civil society and the private sector attending the 3rd United Nations High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases. Drawing on success stories and patient testimonies, the White Paper proposes feasible solutions in universal health coverage, financing, infrastructure, and access to medicines to advance circulatory health.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Union’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and David Wood, President of the World Heart Federation, will speak at the launch of the White Paper, with likely participation from the Ministry of Health of Jamaica. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
Positioning Circulatory Health in Universal Health Coverage, 22 May 2018, Geneva
On 22 May, the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health held a side event on the margins of the 71st World Health Assembly to advocate for circulatory health and hypertension control in universal health coverage for the estimated one billion people who live with raised blood pressure. Moderated by Dr Richard Horton (Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet), the panel included Dr Tom Frieden (President & CEO, Resolve to Save Lives), Dr Etienne Krug (WHO Director, Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention), Ms Rita Melifonwu (Ashoka Fellow & Founder of Stroke Action UK and Nigeria), Mr Nicolas Diserens (Patient Speaker, Switzerland), and Dr Inke Mathaurer (Senior Financing Specialist, World Health Organization). The speakers proposed a path forward that puts patients and the health workforce at the centre, creates an enabling environment of training, education, information systems and sustainable financing, and mobilizes the political will to leave no one behind.