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Western Pacific

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the Western Pacific, accounting for nearly 40% of all deaths.

The region is also home to the world’s largest burden of rheumatic heart disease, which remains a major health issue in low- and middle-income countries in the Western Pacific Region, as well as among Indigenous communities in Australia and New Zealand.

5.7M

people die from CVD every year in the Western Pacific

CVD is the number one cause of death in the region

82,000

people die from rheumatic heart disease every year in the region

Latest News

WHF Member Salvando Latidos: Improving the quality of life of Mexicans

Salvando Latidos A.C. is a Mexican non-profit civil organization founded in 2018 focused on the prevention, care, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in people of all ages, mainly those in vulnerable conditions. From day one, our main objective has been to contribute to improving the quality of life of the Mexican population by guaranteeing […]

Colours to Save Heart engages community leaders in Maputo, Mozambique

Throughout the month of October, our partners in Mozambique organized a series of community outreach activities in the KaMavota neighbourhood of Maputo as part of the Colours to Save Hearts project. The goal of these activities was to raise awareness of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) among community leaders and support educational activities in the local […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Preventing and controlling NCDs in the Western Pacific Region

This is a statement made at the seventy-third session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, held from 24 to 28 October 2022 in Manila, Philippines. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates,  The endorsement of the draft Regional Framework on the Future of Primary Health Care in the Western Pacific is an important […]

Discussing the Future of Primary Health Care in the Western Pacific Region

This is a statement made at the seventy-third session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, held from 24 to 28 October 2022 in Manila, Philippines. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates,  The endorsement of the draft Regional Framework on the Future of Primary Health Care in the Western Pacific is an important […]

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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 […]