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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

Heart and lung organizations urge World Health Organization to publish Global Air Quality Guidelines

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and thirteen partner organisations have written to the World Health Organization (WHO) to call on WHO to proceed with the rapid publication and dissemination of the 2021 update to the WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs). Read the open letter below. We are leading medical, public health, and scientific societies and patients’ organizations […]

Air Pollution

Argentine Society of Cardiology: A Healthy Heart in a Healthy Environment

Guest post: Dr. César Berenstein, Argentine Society of Cardiology Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, causing more than 18 million deaths in 2019. On the other hand, air pollution caused 6.7 million deaths in 2019, 50% of which are due to cardiovascular disease. It is also important to consider that air […]

Air Pollution

Leading cardiovascular organizations call for global action to improve clinician well-being

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (13 July 2021) — Clinician well-being is imperative to providing high-quality patient care, yet clinician burnout continues to increase, especially over the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four leading cardiovascular organizations – the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology and the World Heart Federation – […]

World Heart Day 2021 is live!

As the world struggles to fight COVID-19, we’ve never been more aware of the importance of our and our loved one’s health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the world’s number one killer, resulting in 18.6 million deaths a year. It has many causes: from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, to air pollution, and less […]

World Heart Day

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Air Pollution

Air Pollution

Chagas Disease

Chagas Disease

COVID-19

COVID-19

Diabetes

Diabetes

Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet

Prevention

Prevention

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Tobacco

Tobacco