The leading global voice
We play a major role in bringing the CV community together to drive transformational change.
Together we are stronger
By 2025, our aim is to reduce premature deaths from CVD by at least 25%.
Join the fight
Become a WHF member and help us to build global commitment to address cardiovascular health at the policy level.
We convene and connect our members
To share science, best practice and resources, acting as a global thought leader and catalyst for positive change.
Celebrate World Heart Day
The biggest global awareness-raising campaign for CVD.
Attend the Congress
Join world leaders in heart health, share ideas, network with specialists.
Advocating for heart health
We lead the global advocacy effort for action to prevent, control and reduce the global burden of CVD.
All our programmes and partnerships are aimed at creating awareness of CVD as a priority issue across the globe.
Find out more about our and our members’ work around the world.
Explore everything from toolkits, videos and infographics, to policy reports, factsheets and more.
Home > WHF Global Roadmaps > Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a preventable non-communicable condition that disproportionately affects the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. The World Heart Federation Roadmap for Reducing Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality Through Prevention and Control of RHD is a resource designed to help a variety of stakeholders raise the profile of RHD nationally and globally, and provide a framework to guide and support the strengthening of national, regional and global RHD control efforts.
The Roadmap identifies the barriers that limit access to and uptake of proven interventions for the prevention and control of RHD. It also highlights a variety of established and promising solutions that may be used to overcome these barriers. As a general guide, the Roadmap is meant to serve as the foundation for the development of tailored plans of action to improve RHD control in specific contexts.
This WHF Roadmap was produced by a global team of experts. Writing Committee members include Benjamin Palafox, Ana Olga Mocumbi, R Krishna Kumar, Sulafa KM Ali, Elizabeth Kennedy, Abraham Haileamlak, David Watkins, Kadia Petricca, Rosemary Wyber, Patrick Timeon and Jeremiah Mwangi.
This Roadmap was launched on 5 June 2016 during the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Mexico, and has been published in Global Heart.
Translating global frameworks into local action for better heart health
Assessing strengths and gaps in national CVD programmes and policies
WHF launches new Global Roadmap on the prevention of CVD among people living with diabetes
Developing a Roadmap on cardiovascular diseases among people living with diabetes
WHF launches Report on Hypertension Roadmap implementation in Kenya