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The No. 1 Killer: The Case for Urgent Action
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The World Heart Federation 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore on 12 and 13 July 2017 in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology, the Asia-Pacific Heart Network and the Singapore Heart Foundation.
The Summit brought together policymakers and leading thinkers and influencers in health, science and industry to share their insights and strategies to address the question:
Heart disease and stroke remain the world’s foremost causes of premature death, despite being largely preventable through the mitigation of known risk factors. Diseases of the circulatory system are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, where over 80% of premature deaths due to heart disease and stroke occur and where rheumatic heart disease continues to exact a vast health burden on the people that can least afford it. Without swift adoption of prevention and intervention strategies, current trends indicate increased global death and disability from preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The cardiovascular disease (CVD) community and multisectoral partners need to come together to reframe outreach strategies, communication techniques and tools for action in order to raise the priority status of CVD on national and global agendas.
The Global Summit is a forum where politicians, policy-makers, and organizational leaders can engage to foster a renewed sense of urgency, accelerate progress and help to galvanise community action.
Through an interactive programme pairing open discussion in plenary sessions with focused workshops, the Summit aimed to pinpoint both the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of action needed to improve circulatory health.
Three workshop sessions were thematically focused and delegates participated in the workshop that best corresponded to their interests.
The workshop sessions fed directly into the plenary sessions to provide a synopsis of agreed action points and commitments, and foster dialogue between all participants.
The programme of the Summit was organized around three key themes:
1. Knowledge Exchange (National CVD Action Plans/ Access to essential and affordable medicines and technologies / Funding the CVD Fight)
2. Tools for Action (WHO Global HEARTS Package and WHF Roadmaps / Enabling technologies to promote cardiovascular health / Promoting Healthy Cities and Physical Activity)
3. Effective Outreach (Political Advocacy / Communication challenge: Reframing common messaging / Building a civil society movement including the patient voice)
Please find the programme outline here.
The Summit programme is supported, in part, by an independent grant from Pfizer Inc
Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Director, Research Division, Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology
Head, Division of Non-Communicable Disease Control and School Health, General Department of Preventive Medicine, Viet Nam Ministry of Health
Economist Intelligence Unit
Director, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization
WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City (video address)
Communities for Healthy Hearts, PATH
Program Manager, Surveillance & Population Based Prevention, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization
InterAmerican Heart Foundation
The George Institute
Executive Director, NCD Alliance
Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Director, PHC Revitalization Division, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Nepal
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Heart Foundation of New Zealand
African Heart Network
Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation
President, Asia-Pacific Heart Network
President, World Stroke Organization
Indonesia Heart Foundation
World Organization of Family Doctors
Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
CEO, Dutch Heart Foundation
Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization
President, World Hypertension League
European Heart Network
Ministry of Health, Philippines
Program Leader, Noncommunicable Diseases, PATH
Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses, American Heart Association (AHA)
World Federation of Public Health Associations
Ministry of Health, Uganda
Chief of Cardiology, St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospital of Mount Sinai
Singapore Civil Defense Force – MyResponder App
Ministry of Health, Kenya
Medical Officer, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO
Director, Hospital to Home, Philips
European Society of Cardiology
Rainbow Across Borders
International Diabetes Federation
Minister of Health, Malaysia
Minister, Cabinet of Sarawak, Malaysia
Ministry of Health, South Africa
Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa
International Council of Nurses
Chair, Organizing Committee, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2017
Ministry of Health, Singapore
Vice President, International Science and Health Strategies, American Heart Association (AHA)
Singapore Heart Foundation
International Society of Hypertension
President & CEO, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders
HRIDAY/ Public Health Foundation of India
International Atherosclerosis Society
Executive Director, Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University
The Summit was an ideal forum to mobilize civil society and where politicians, policy-makers, and organizational leaders could engage on topics at the forefront of circulatory health.
The programme of the Summit allowed participants to:
• Interact both within and outside of sessions with participants from organizations that are working towards the same goals
• Learn about new developments in heart health policy while exchanging knowledge and experience
• Showcase their work while also highlighting areas that need continued and collective action
• Identify areas for potential partnerships by meeting organizations that are working towards similar goals
• Develop strategies to advocate for national CVD plans and discuss successful policies to tackle risk factors for CVD
• Explore how tools such as the WHF Roadmaps and WHO HEARTS package can help achieve their goals
• Contribute in shaping the priorities and common messages going into the UN HLM on NCDs in September 2018
In addition to invited participants, a number of places were available for high-level leadership from among:
• Ministries of Health
• National policy makers
• WHF Partners and Members
• International and non-governmental organizations
• Private sector organizations
The Summit workshop and summary slides are attached below for further reference:
• Workshop – Knowledge Exchange – National CVD Plans
• Workshop – Access to Essential & Affordable Medicines and Technologies
• Workshop – Building a civil society movement including the patient voice
• Workshop – Advocacy and Common Messaging
• Workshop – Moving Towards Healthier Cities Feedback
• Summary – WHO HEARTS & WHF Roadmaps