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Middle East & North Africa

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the Middle East and North Africa region, responsible for more than one third of all deaths, or 1.4 million people every year.

Deaths attributed to cardiovascular diseases range from 40% of total deaths in Oman to 10% in Somalia.

1.4M

people die every year from CVD in the region

The total number of CVD deaths has risen by 48% in the last 30 years

The burden of obesity in the region more than doubled between 2000 and 2019

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Advocating for a tobacco-free world at COP10

The World Heart Federation (WHF) proudly represented the global cardiovascular community at the Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), held from 05 to 10 February 2024 in Panama City, Panama. Representatives from 142 Parties gathered to tackle a range of issues, from progress on […]

Tobacco

Addressing novel and emerging tobacco products at COP10

This is a statement delivered by the World Heart Federation at the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC in Panama. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation welcomes the latest reports on newer tobacco and nicotine products. For decades, the tobacco industry has perpetuated the myth that nicotine […]

Tobacco

Addressing global progress in implementation of the WHO FCTC at COP10

This is a statement delivered by the World Heart Federation at the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC in Panama. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation applauds the Parties for the progress made since 2021. Nevertheless, we note with concern that interference from the tobacco industry remains […]

Tobacco

WHF at the 154th WHO Executive Board

The World Heart Federation was an active presence throughout the 154th Executive Board (EB154) of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland from 22-27 January 2024. Advocacy Committee Chair Trevor Shilton and the members of the Policy and Advocacy Team participated throughout the week; in addition to meeting with numerous country delegations and fellow advocates […]

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Women & CVD

Women & CVD

The most common heart attack symptom, in both men and women, is some type of chest pain, pressure or discomfort. But chest pain is not always the most noticeable symptom, especially in women, who are more likely to experience it as pressure or tightness in the chest. They may even have no chest pain at […]