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Africa is home to more than 1 billion people and is a major contributor to the global burden of cardiovascular disease.

In 2019, more than 1 million deaths were attributable to CVD in sub-Saharan Africa, which constituted 5.4% of all global CVD-related deaths and 13% of all deaths in Africa.

CVD is the second leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa

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More than 1 million people die every year from CVD in Africa

High blood pressure is responsible for more than half of all CVD deaths in Africa

Living with CVD in Africa

Reforming rural healthcare: hypertension in Kenya

The beat of change: rheumatic heart disease in Mozambique

WHF African Summit on Best Practices and Access to Care

The World Heart Federation African Summit on Best Practices and Access to Care was held in Khartoum, Sudan on 10 and 11 October 2017 in collaboration with the Pan African Society of Cardiology, African Heart Network and Sudan Heart Society.

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SASNET GHANA urges action to prioritize CVD prevention and control

Last year, the Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana (SASNET GHANA) launched a national campaign aiming at identifying policy gaps and priority areas of intervention to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The campaign, which took place in the lead-up to World Heart Day 2020, received the support of the World Heart Federation through the World […]

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WHF launches a new partnership to help end Rheumatic Heart Disease

Geneva. 15 June 2021. Major health groups have joined forces to combat a largely ignored but preventable heart disease that affects more than 39 million people worldwide – as many or more than the number of people living with HIV AIDS — and claims more than 290,000 lives each year. In Africa, Colours to Save […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Addressing the burden of rheumatic heart disease at #WHA74

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 16: Committing to implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) by the World Heart Federation.   Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation applauds the WHO for its leadership in the implementation of Resolution […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

WHF film about RHD in Mozambique wins special prize at the Health for All Film Festival

Our film The Beat of Change: Rheumatic Heart Disease in Mozambique, which tells the story of a young mother struggling with the consequences of RHD, has been selected as the winner of the special prize for Health Equity at the World Health Organization (WHO) Health for All Film Festival. “This is a wonderful film, it’s […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

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