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.
Find out more about our and our members' work around the world.
The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is significant in Kenya, where heart diseases cause 25 percent of hospital admissions and 13 percent of deaths. To tackle this health challenge, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kenya joined forces with the Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) to accelerate the dissemination and uptake of the National Guidelines for the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases.
Launched by the MoH in 2018, the National CVD Guidelines are a key resource to improve the health outcomes of people living with heart diseases and equip health workers at all levels to prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors. Less than a year after the launch of the CVD Guidelines, KCS and WHF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and with the support of Access Accelerated, are working to disseminate them to 2,000 health workers and 100 health facilities in 5 counties in Kenya and to improve heart health outcomes for an estimated 10,000 patients as a result.
As the project moves to reach health workers in the five counties – Kisumu, Kitui, Nyandarua, Nakuru and Isiolo – KCS and WHF will build on the lessons learnt and action points that emerged from a national stakeholder meeting held on 14 March 2019 in Nairobi. The meeting brought together more than 60 national experts and stakeholders – from the MoH and county agencies, academia, professional bodies and faith-based organizations – to harness their insight into the best strategies to disseminate the CVD Guidelines, discuss the right monitoring and evaluation approach to track success, and identify ways around common barriers to guideline uptake.
Participants identified a shortage of human resources, inadequate financing support for programming for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and lack of access to affordable essential laboratory investigations as the main challenges to guideline dissemination and implementation.
In response to these challenges, the participants recommended the following strategies for a successful uptake of the National CVD Guidelines:
Dr Reina Roa awarded WHF Advocacy Award in Cardiovascular Health
Dr Meriell Jessop awarded joint ESC-WHF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Cardiovascular Health
Celebrating our Heart Heroes 2019: Rajeswari Govender