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Global Advocacy

The unique position of the World Heart Federation has been successful in providing the heart advocacy movement with an overarching drive that brings together science, advocacy and evidence-based policy.  The World Heart Federation uses this position to advocate for policy change in support of our strategic goals, that is to:

  • Raise the priority of cardiovascular health on the global health agenda
  • Improve care of heart disease and stroke
  • Promote heart-healthy diets and physical activity for all
  • Improve recognition and control of high blood pressure globally
  • Advance a tobacco-free world
  • Eliminate rheumatic fever and minimize the burden of rheumatic heart disease

Endorsed by World Health Organization Member States at the 65th World Health Assembly, a global goal has been established to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 per cent by 2025.  Because cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for nearly half of the global NCD burden, CVD and its risk factors must be adequately addressed in order to achieve this global goal.

Below is a graphic depicting this target and the World Heart Federation's proposed method of achieving it.  Click on the image to access a larger, PDF version of the file.