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We play a major role in bringing the CV community together to drive transformational change.
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By 2025, our aim is to reduce premature deaths from CVD by at least 25%.
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We lead the global advocacy effort for action to prevent, control and reduce the global burden of CVD.
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Building up capacity, professional development, mentorship
and networking of WHF Emerging Leaders in 100 countries
The Emerging Leaders Programme was created by Dr Salim Yusuf in 2014 during his time as President-Elect of the Federation. It is among the first international training programmes on cardiovascular implementation research with its main objective being to build up capacity, professional development, mentorship and networking of WHF Emerging Leaders in 100 countries.
Today, this Programme benefits from the generous financial support of an initial endowment granted by Dr Salim Yusuf.
Dr Salim Yusuf, a world-renowned leader in global CVD research, Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) in Canada, and WHF Past President, provided an initial endowment of $500,000 CAD (approx. 400,000 USD) to support the WHF Emerging Leaders Programme. In light of this generous financial gift, and Dr Yusuf’s initiative in establishing this Programme, it is now known as the World Heart Federation Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme.
The Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme has already achieved significant results. To take performance and impact to the next level, we need you – global leaders, individuals and organizations in the field of circulatory health – to add your support to that of Professor Yusuf and WHF.
Building a global talent pool will have far-reaching and long-term capacity-building benefits for the future of cardiovascular health. WHF Emerging Leaders are already having a huge impact on global cardiovascular health, but with your support, more can be done to strengthen and accelerate their performance.
By making a donation, you will be contributing to the sustainable future of the Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme and the future of a field which is so vital in tackling premature mortality caused by the world’s number one killer. And there are additional ways in which you can add your vital support to our work.
The WHF Emerging Leaders are an important and growing group of people who are passionate about making positive changes to the way cardiovascular disease is prevented and treated.
WHF and its members have a vision of a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and a crucial element of global health justice. We believe that there is no equity and human rights without health justice and heart health for everyone. Regardless of country, region, origin, race, gender, age, education and revenues, each human being is entitled to cardiovascular health and well-being through health promotion, access to prevention, control and management of cardiovascular disease.
The World Heart Federation Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme plays an important part in achieving our vision and mission, building a global cadre of experts who will contribute to improving global cardiovascular health and to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease.
By participating in the Programme, these individuals who are actively working in CVD prevention and control will develop expertise in: evaluating health systems; identifying barriers and facilitators for implementation of evidence-based prevention and treatments for CVD; developing evidence-based policy research; and activism by influencing critical stakeholders including policymakers, legislators and media.
You can learn more about World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders as well as hear from current participants and faculty from this YouTube video.
Learn more about our Emerging Leaders’ Projects
Meet our Emerging Leaders: Kamilu Karaye, 2014
Emerging Leader Amitava Banerjee shares his story
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