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Discussing digital transformation of the health sector in the region of the Americas

21 September, 2021

This is a statement made by the World Heart Federation, CLAS Coalition for Americas’ Health, and NCD Alliance at the 73rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Americas on Agenda Item 4.3: Roadmap for the Digital Transformation of the Health Sector in the Region of the Americas.   Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The […]

Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response in the EURO Region

15 September, 2021

This is a statement made at the 71st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the EURO Region on Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response in the EURO Region.   Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, We thank you for this opportunity to jointly address the Regional Committee on one of the most critical subjects of our […]

Hypertension need not be a “silent killer”

10 September, 2021

In 2019, high blood pressure or hypertension caused more than half the cases of coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure experienced around the world, and more than 10 million deaths. While often causing no overt symptoms, hypertension can damage the function of major organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys, and yet only […]

Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response in the South-East Asia Region

8 September, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th Session of the WHO Regional Committee of the South-East Asia on Agenda Item 8.5: Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response in the South-East Asia Region. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, The World Heart Federation thanks you for this opportunity to address the Regional Committee on one of […]

WHO South-East Asia countries release the sixth annual report on monitoring progress on UHC

8 September, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th Session of the WHO Regional Committee of the South-East Asia on Agenda Item 8.2: Annual report on monitoring progress on UHC and health-related SDGs. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, The World Heart Federation, supported by Southeast Asian Regional NCD Alliance and Healthy India Alliance, welcomes the Committee’s report. […]

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

8 September, 2021

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

7 September, 2021

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, […]

Announcing the World Heart Summit 2021: Time to Act on Obesity

3 September, 2021

In the post-pandemic world, health systems continue to brace for impact. And that impact is with the rising rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), overweight and obesity. This increased burden matters. Because the science is clear: obesity is associated with higher rates of CVD deaths and disability. Like CVD, rates of overweight and obesity are influenced […]

Study shows combo therapy cuts risk of heart attacks and strokes by half

29 August, 2021

GENEVA (29 August 2021) – A combination therapy of aspirin, statins and at least two blood pressure medications given in fixed doses can slash the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) by more than half, says an international study involving researchers from the World Heart Federation and published today in The Lancet. The fixed-dose combination (FDC) […]

Unique study on COVID-19 and heart disease sheds light on low- and middle-income countries

29 August, 2021

Geneva (29 August, 2021) – More than 4,000 patients from at least 22 countries are participating in a new global WHF COVID-19 Study, with around 79 per cent coming from Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Analysis of the first half of patients is proving vital in many ways. For example, the study is helping […]

Implementing the Global strategy on digital health in the WHO African Region

25 August, 2021

This is a statement made at the 71st Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the AFRO Region on Agenda item 14: Framework for implementing the Global strategy on digital health in the WHO African Region.   Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, On behalf of the World Heart Federation, we commend the leadership role that […]