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Clinton Global Initiative

About the Clinton Global Initiative

President Bill Clinton has launched the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to help the world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. The CGI brings together a selected group of the world’s best minds, including current and formers heads of state, top business executives, preeminent scholars and representatives of key non-governmental organizations.

All CGI members are required to make a specific action commitment each year to help address one or more of the world’s most pressing problems. Commitments can be made to any cause or organization of the member’s choosing, and can take various forms including financial contributions, an investment of time, or the application of special expertise.

To learn more about the CGI, visit:

World Heart Federation partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative

During the Clinton Global Initiative 2007 annual meeting, held from 26 to 28 September, in New York, Ann Veneman, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), announced the World Heart Federation’s 2007 commitment to scale-up its existing initiative with Plaza Sésamo, the popular television show, to teach children in Colombia about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity to a healthy heart.  


In 2006, the CGI selected two World Heart Federation demonstration projects as commitments to be featured at the annual meeting, namely the rheumatic heart disease program in Africa and the production of a polypill for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Rheumatic heart disease

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) / rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most common cardiovascular disease in children and young adults and remains a major public health problem in developing countries.  The World Heart Federation is currently co-funding RHD control programs in the South Pacific and initiating programs in Africa.
The World Heart Federation is looking forward to the support of the CGI to further develop its already successful projects.

Learn more about the World Heart Federation Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Project.

The polypill

The World Heart Federation is advocating for the development, production and delivery by 2009 or 2010 of a polypill for post myocardial infarction patients which would cost one fifth of current therapies. The polypill is a combination of ACE inhibitor, statin and aspirin therapies. It is to be used for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The World Heart Federation feels the polypill would be especially applicable to post-myocardial infarction patients in low- and middle-income countries and low-income patients in more developed economies who would otherwise have limited treatment options. The World Heart Federation has begun working in partnership with the Spanish National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC).

Read about the World Heart Federation appeal for the polypill at the CGI 2006 meeting >

Raising awareness

Through its CGI partnership, the World Heart Federation will pursue its mission to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors. When the World Heart Federation took part in the Second Annual CGI meeting in New York in September 2006, it jumped at this opportunity to address the participants about the burden of cardiovascular disease, and its programs and activities to prevent it.

Read more about World Heart Federation intervention at the CGI 2006 meeting >