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World Hypertension Day: Taking action against the silent epidemic of high blood pressure

17 May, 2022

Hypertension is the leading preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It affects an estimated 1.3 billion worldwide, killing approximately 10 million people every year. Low and middle-income countries have seen a growing prevalence of hypertension in recent years, with many countries having to deal with the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. In Sub-Saharan […]

World Heart Summit 2022: Cardiovascular health must be for everyone

13 May, 2022

Ahead of the 7th World Heart Summit, Professor Fausto Pinto, President of the World Heart Federation (WHF) shares his hopes and insights. He is also the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon; and Professor of Cardiology and Head of the Cardiovascular Department, Santa Maria University Hospital/CHULN, Portugal. More than 450 […]

Colours to Save Hearts: Raising awareness of RHD in Maputo, Mozambique

9 May, 2022

In March 2022, WHF organized a site visit to Maputo, Mozambique, as part of the Colours to Save Hearts programme. Operated by the Mozambique Institute for Health Education and Research and implemented by the National Health Institute of Mozambique (INS), Colours to Save Hearts is a WHF initiative aimed at raising awareness of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) […]

World Heart Grants 2021: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados

29 April, 2022

Each year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) is committed to ensuring that the Barbadian society benefits from an increased focus on heart health education by conducting several activities during September and October, including World Heart Day. Their campaign was possible through the support of the World Heart Grants programme.  Following is a […]

World Chagas Disease Day 2022: “Help Us to Know How Many We Are and Where We Are”

14 April, 2022

The registration and monitoring of cases are key pieces to breaking the silence of Chagas, according to WHO on the world day of this neglected disease, which is commemorated every 14 April.      Monday, 14 April 2022 – Since 14 April 1909, the date of the first report of Chagas disease in a girl, in […]

Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies: WHF Update

31 March, 2022

From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been deeply involved in efforts to understand, mitigate, and strengthen health systems in relation to the coronavirus. In addition to technical undertakings and in-country support, the Governing Bodies of the WHO have worked to create global health policy to both counter […]

World Heart Grants 2021: Use Heart to Connect with Croí

31 March, 2022

Amidst a global pandemic, Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac and Stroke Foundation, was able to celebrate World Heart Day by supporting, educating, and empowering people living with cardiovascular disease and the general population through their #Use❤️ToConnect campaign. This campaign, which was designed to connect people at all levels of society in an effort to […]

Ending Rheumatic Heart Disease is achievable if we put our heads and minds to it

21 March, 2022

This editorial was authored by WHF Director of Policy and Advocacy Jeremiah Mwangi and was first published in FORESIGHT Global Health on 19 August 2021.  Preventable, yet persistent, Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is the most commonly acquired heart disease in people under 25 years of age. The World Heart Federation (WHF) is committed to the […]

Membership Engagement: Get to the Heart of Your Story

14 March, 2022

This interview was first published in Headquarters Magazine in February 2022. Members are the lifeblood of an association. Fully engaged, they make our associations thrive, have impact and offer a meaningful experience. But having active involvement can be hard – and when it dips, so does membership, morale, finances & results. So, how to boost […]

World Heart Federation provides immediate support to the emergency medical response in Ukraine

8 March, 2022

The World Heart Federation (WHF) is deeply concerned about the war in Ukraine and its terrible consequences for the Ukrainian people and its battered communities. As hostilities continue, ensuring continued access to care and treatment for those remaining in the country is critical, in accordance with the values of human decency and solidarity. “As a […]

International Women’s Day – Gender Equity: Time to Act

7 March, 2022

This editorial was authored by WHF President Prof. Fausto Pinto and was first published in the International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences on 16 July 2021.    This issue of the International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences comes at a time when the medical and scientific community are finally addressing an important issue that has been somehow […]