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By 2025, our aim is to reduce premature deaths from CVD by at least 25%.
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Striving for a 25% reduction by 2025 in premature deaths from cardiovascular disease around the world
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With a focus on low- and middle-income countries, the World Heart Federation (WHF) is the only global advocacy and leadership organization bringing together the CVD community to help people lead heart-healthy lives.
As the only CVD organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), we align our efforts around the WHO goal to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025 (25by25). We recognize that to achieve this target will require a primary focus on CVD, including heart disease and stroke – the world’s number one killer, which makes up 50% of all NCD deaths.
from CVD globally
Together with our members – a community of more than 200 organizations dedicated to the treatment, prevention and control of CVD – we are working to end needless deaths from exposure to tobacco and other risk factors, lack of access to treatment, and neglected conditions like rheumatic heart disease which kills hundreds of thousands of children each year.
Across 100 countries, we are acting now to build global commitment to address cardiovascular health at the policy level, generate and exchange ideas, share best practice, advance scientific knowledge and promote knowledge transfer to tackle CVD. We are at the heart of driving the CVD agenda and advocating for better heart health – enabling people to live longer, better and more heart-healthy lives, whoever and wherever they are.
The World Heart Federation is committed to supporting action to reduce premature mortality from CVD by 25% by 2025 as follows:
The World Heart Federation strategic blocks are designed to ensure the 25by25 CVD targets are met across all geographies: