Focus on women and children
This year our efforts will focus on protecting the hearts of women and children through heart-healthy actions. For more than a decade now, we have joined together on World Heart Day to address the global CVD epidemic, and encourage heart-healthy living across the world. This year, World Heart Day is even more significant given that at the 65th World Health Assembly in May 2012, governments from 194 countries agreed to the first-ever global mortality target on non-communicable diseases (NCDs – including CVD, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases) and made a commitment to reduce premature NCD deaths by 25 per cent by 2025. Since CVD accounts for nearly half of the 36 million deaths due to NCDs, we have a major role to play in achieving this target.
World Heart Day as a platform for action
World Heart Day offers the CVD community the opportunity to take action and help reduce the global disease burden. By working together with our members, we can unite in our efforts to prevent the 17.3 million CVD deaths that occur each year towards the goal of reducing premature CVD deaths by 25 per cent by 2025.