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WHF launches a new partnership to help end Rheumatic Heart Disease

15 June, 2021

Geneva. 15 June 2021. Major health groups have joined forces to combat a largely ignored but preventable heart disease that affects more than 39 million people worldwide – as many or more than the number of people living with HIV AIDS — and claims more than 290,000 lives each year. In Africa, Colours to Save […]

PHFI announces eLearning courses 2021-2022 on health promotion and tobacco control

7 June, 2021

Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 eLearning courses of the Health Promotion Division at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). PHFI is a public-private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies, including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. The courses […]

Highlights from the 74th World Health Assembly

2 June, 2021

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 […]

Taking a stance on cholesterol to curb heart disease

1 June, 2021

Cholesterol –  that waxy substance that is a type of blood fat or lipid – is mostly made by our own bodies and the rest, we get from food. Our tissues, skin, and hormones all benefit from cholesterol which gets around the body, attached to proteins. Trouble arises, however, when low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is […]

WHF announces new conflict of interest policy on tobacco

31 May, 2021

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

28 May, 2021

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

28 May, 2021

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 […]

When an irregular heartbeat is something more: the WHF Roadmap on Atrial Fibrillation

27 May, 2021

The heart’s two upper chambers (atria), and two lower chambers (ventricles), beat in coordinated motion to carry oxygen-rich blood and other nutrients around the whole body. In people with cardiac arrythmia, this coordination is disrupted and can become life-threatening. The most common form of arrythmia is Atrial Fibrillation (AF), also called AFiB, affecting more than […]

Leading cardiovascular organizations call for global action to end the tobacco epidemic

26 May, 2021

Geneva, 26 May 2021 – Tobacco use continues to be a primary contributor to the global burden of disease, causing an estimated 12% of deaths worldwide among people aged 30 and over. Four leading cardiovascular organizations – American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology and World Heart Federation – today released […]

How can data help us defeat the world’s biggest killer?

26 May, 2021

COVID-19 has made everyone – even the most skeptical – realize how data, digital technology, and AI are true enablers for delivering health and care. Two new initiatives aim to use this momentum to help defeat the world’s biggest killer. By Dr Ann Aerts, WHF President Prof Fausto J. Pinto, Elena Bonfiglioli While cardiovascular, or […]

Addressing the burden of rheumatic heart disease at #WHA74

25 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 16: Committing to implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) by the World Heart Federation.   Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation applauds the WHO for its leadership in the implementation of Resolution […]