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Policy & Advocacy

The World Heart Federation is the principal representative body of the global cardiovascular community and works on its behalf to influence policies and create a world where people everywhere have access to the tools they need to live long, heart-healthy lives.

Global Advocacy

The World Heart Federation advocates on behalf of the cardiovascular community to bring CVD to the forefront of the global health agenda. In addition to supporting the capacity of our Members to advocate domestically, WHF is deeply engaged in policy advocacy at the international level, informing and influencing decision-makers in support of evidence-based policy change and implementation. Strategically located in Geneva, Switzerland, we work closely with the World Health Organization, NCD Alliance, and other international organizations to shape strong health policies and help find cost-effective solutions to reduce the global burden of CVD.

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World Heart Summit

Since 2016, World Heart Federation has been convening leaders and innovators in cardiovascular health at its annual Global Summit on Circulatory Health. The Summit is an invitation-only, two-day event where government, civil society, industry, and academia share, learn and explore what’s next for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Summit went virtual and adapted into an innovative webinar series called Heart Talks: A Series of the 5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health.

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Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health was launched in 2017 at the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases in Montevideo, Uruguay. It brings together international, regional and national stakeholders in circulatory health to drive the urgent action needed to combat heart disease and stroke. The Global Coalition is open to any professional global, regional, and national civil society organization with a role in circulatory health.

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Policy Briefs

Our policy briefs present concise summaries of information that can help readers understand and make informed decisions about policies related to cardiovascular disease, associated risk factors and determinants of health. They provide objective summaries of relevant research, outline existing global policies, suggest possible approaches and argue for courses of action that governments should take when creating or considering policies to foster healthy environments in their country or region.

WHF Policy Brief on Front-of-Pack Labelling

Position Papers

Our position papers reflect our policy positions on a wide range of CVD-related issues. They are supported by scientific studies published in recognized journals and have a rigorous review and approval process. These papers generally include a review of data available on a specific subject, an evaluation on its relationship to overall cardiovascular disease science, and WHF recommendations on the basis of that evaluation within the context of global public health policy.

Digital Health
Access to Medicines

CVD Roadmaps

Our Roadmaps are designed and developed by international teams of experts who together identify challenges and offer solutions on specific topics impacting cardiovascular mortality. They can serve as models for regions and countries to develop their own Roadmaps and create or update their national non-communicable disease action plans. They offer a framework to bring together stakeholders with the objective of determining, prioritizing and implementing solutions to reduce premature CVD deaths in any context.

Atrial Fibrillation
Chagas Disease
Cholesterol
CVD in People Living with Diabetes
Heart Failure
Raised Blood Pressure
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Secondary Prevention
Tobacco Control

WHF Roundtables

Our Roundtables provide a national forum for stakeholders in cardiovascular health to identify barriers to and solutions for secondary and primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases and then develop national plans of action to be implemented in partnership with governments and policymakers, healthcare professionals, academic and research institutions, NGOs, health advocates, and corporate entities.

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Latest News

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

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 […]

Digital Health

Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response in the EURO Region

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 […]

COVID-19

Hypertension need not be a “silent killer”

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 […]

Hypertension

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

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 […]

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