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WHO Regional Meetings: Overview

10 August, 2016

Throughout the coming months, the World Heart Federation will be sending representatives to the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee Meetings, which are held to set regional policy and to approve budgets and programmes of work for each of the 6 WHO regions. Meeting annually from August – October, the six meetings each have a […]

WHF partners with Healthy Stadia on smoking cessation activities at Homeless World Cup

WHF partners with Healthy Stadia on smoking cessation activities at Homeless World Cup

21 July, 2016

The World Heart Federation and Healthy Stadia have recently worked together to implement tobacco control and smoking cessation interventions at the 2016 Homeless World Cup. Studies have revealed that while smoking prevalence amongst homeless populations can be over 70%, the desire to stop smoking is the same as non-homeless populations*. With this in mind, Healthy […]

Publication of WHO Country Capacity Survey

Publication of WHO Country Capacity Survey

21 July, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new report, based on a survey which tracks progress on the four time-bound commitments agreed by Member States (countries) in 2014 to strengthen countries’ abilities to tackle NCDs. The Global Survey “Assessing National Capacity for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases” asked countries to provide information […]

WHF members lead the way in founding the Healthy India Alliance, the national NCD network for India

WHF members lead the way in founding the Healthy India Alliance, the national NCD network for India

15 July, 2016

n 2015, the NCD Alliance and World Health Organization organized a consultation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the South-East Asian Region in order to advance NCD prevention and control. The consultation led to the formation of the Healthy India Alliance, which will now aim to facilitate active participation of health and non-health CSOs in […]

It’s time to speak up – and sign on – to get health on the urban agenda

It’s time to speak up – and sign on – to get health on the urban agenda

15 July, 2016

The NCD Alliance has finalized a letter to the co-facilitators of Habitat III advocating for health to be given a bigger inclusion within the New Urban Agenda policy outcome document. The World Heart Federation has signed this letter and we also encourage our members to do so. Habitat III is the major global summit, formally […]

It’s time to speak up – and sign on – to get health on the urban agenda

15 July, 2016

The NCD Alliance has finalized a letter to the co-facilitators of Habitat III advocating for health to be given a bigger inclusion within the New Urban Agenda policy outcome document. The World Heart Federation has signed this letter and we also encourage our members to do so. Habitat III is the major global summit, formally […]

Resource effective strategies to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease

14 July, 2016

A new article just published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal reviews the current gaps in the prevention and management of CVD compared with the evidence (evidence-practice gaps), barriers to closing evidence-practice gaps, and targets for resource-effective interventions. The review is titled ‘Resource Effective Strategies to Prevent and Treat Cardiovascular Disease’ and is co-authored […]

Uruguay celebrates victory in protecting its health policy against legal attacks from Philip Morris International

Uruguay celebrates victory in protecting its health policy against legal attacks from Philip Morris International

11 July, 2016

In 2010, PMI, one of the world’s largest corporations, took Uruguay, one of the world’s smallest countries, to court. The corporation was seeking compensation for health policies (such as graphic health warnings covering 80% of the surface area of tobacco packaging) that it claimed devalued its brand and investments. On Friday 8 July, the International […]

Uruguay celebrates victory in protecting its health policy against legal attacks from Philip Morris

11 July, 2016

On Friday 8 July, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ruled in favour of Uruguay on 12 of the 14 points of dispute. The ruling has international repercussions for tobacco control, setting a precedent that favours public health over commercial interests. The World Heart Federation Board is sending its personal congratulations to […]

Nigerian Heart Foundation uses World No Tobacco Day to ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’

Nigerian Heart Foundation uses World No Tobacco Day to ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’

7 July, 2016

On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) organized a Press Conference to commemorate World No Tobacco Day, 2016 themed ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’ Speaking at the event, the NHF Director, Tobacco Programme; Mr. Dapo Rotifa said’ as a strategic plan to reduce smoking among Nigerians, plain packaging should be introduced as […]

Johanna Ralston highlights key themes, events and announcements from WCC 2016

14 June, 2016

Last week the World Heart Federation had the honour of hosting our biennial World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Mexico City. Thank you to everyone – from our event organizers and hosts to our esteemed speakers, delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and, of course, WHF members – for making the event so stimulating and inspiring. […]