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Addressing noncommunicable diseases in the WHO African region

25 August, 2022

This is a statement made at the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the AFRO Region on Agenda item 7: PEN-Plus – A regional strategy to address severe noncommunicable diseases at first-level referral health facilities (Document AFR/RC72/4 and Document AFR/RC72/WP2) The endorsement of a PEN-Plus strategy for the African Region would be a […]

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Colours to Save Hearts programme: First-Year Report

9 August, 2022

In 2019, WHF designed an easy-to-print colouring book. It is a fun, educational resource that allows children to play and learn about the links between sore throats, rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), and the damage these can cause to heart valves. It aims to instill the right reflexes in children, their parents […]

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World Heart Grants 2021: Argentine Federation of Cardiology

22 July, 2022

In 2021, during the COVID 19 pandemic, the Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC) developed a project to get even closer to the community, so that the message regarding the prevention of cardiovascular diseases reaches the homes of all Argentinians. The project was an important step for the institution according to the growth it has achieved […]

American College of Cardiology to host ACC23

WHF partners with the American College of Cardiology to host ACC.23/WCC in New Orleans in March 2023

20 July, 2022

  The World Heart Federation is thrilled to announce that the 2023 World Congress of Cardiology will be held in New Orleans in partnership with the American College of Cardiology. This will follow our 2022 Congress, which is taking place this October in Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with the Brazilian Society of Cardiology. ACC.23 […]

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The Beat of Change: Celia’s Story

14 July, 2022

Rheumatic fever is a neglected disease that, if left untreated, develops into the life-threatening rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Mozambique is one of the countries with the highest rates of RHD, mostly affecting children between 5 and 15 years old. This mini documentary takes an intimate look into the experience of Celia, a young girl from […]

2022 Emerging Leaders cohort announced

30 June, 2022

The 2022 Emerging Leaders cohort, which includes candidates from 17 countries across 5 continents, has been announced. The WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme was created by the World Heart Federation to form and develop a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research, and act to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease globally. The Programme, […]

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Reducing heart attack mortality by 30% by 2030 in Argentina

17 June, 2022

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in Argentina, accounting for a third of all deaths in 2017.  It represents the leading cause of premature death in both genders (35% in men and 28% in women), making it the leading cause of preventable death in our country. Among the risk factors for CVD, […]

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A call for strengthening climate change education for all health professionals

9 June, 2022

This is an open letter to universities and all education stakeholders from the WHO-CS Working Group to advance action on Health and Climate Change, of which the World Heart Federation is a proud member.  Global health challenges are emerging as environmental and climatic changes disrupt all societies worldwide. Health systems and patient needs will be […]

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The World Heart Observatory: Harnessing the Power of Data for Cardiovascular Health

7 June, 2022

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death, claiming an estimated 18.6 million lives in 2019. That statistic is staggering. Most importantly, an estimated 80% of deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided with early interventions that span the continuum from education and prevention to diagnosis and treatment. As the […]

Rwanda Heart Foundation with World Heart Grants 2021

World Heart Grants 2021: Rwanda Heart Foundation

31 May, 2022

On World Heart Day 2021, the Rwanda Heart Foundation joined the world to raise awareness about CVDs and their risk factors through the project titled “Family engagement in awareness and prevention of CVDs”. This project aimed to mobilize family members for the prevention and control of CVDs, by encouraging family members to do physical activities […]

World No Tobacco Day 2022: Tobacco, the environment and the heart

31 May, 2022

Tobacco kills over 8 million individuals every year, including 1.2 million non-smokers as a result of second-hand exposure. The effects of tobacco on health, as well as its links to a wide range of diseases, are well-established. As a leading cause of heart disease, tobacco contributes to approximately 17% of all cardiovascular disease deaths and […]