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The World Heart Federation (WHF) is bringing together a Global Coalition of international, regional and national stakeholders in cardiovascular diseases (CVD) to drive the urgent action needed to combat heart disease and stroke, in preparation for the third UN High-level Meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in 2018. This Global Coalition for Circulatory Health will be launched as leaders gather in Montevideo, Uruguay, October 18-20 2017, for the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases.
Professor David Wood, Cardiologist and President of the World Heart Federation, explains:
“CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of mortality worldwide with more than 75% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.1 Yet this huge burden is not being addressed with the priority required to achieve the target 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025 (25by25).2 In addition, the implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan3 for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, along with national action plans on NCDs, has been slow.”
Given this situation, WHF convened the 1st Global Summit on Circulatory Health in June 2016. The result was the Mexico Declaration, adopted by 29 global, regional and national civil society organizations. The signatories pledged to advocate for policies for cardiovascular health, develop a common implementation strategy based on evidence and develop a common language for policy makers.
Subsequently, in July 2017, WHF held the 2nd Global Summit in Singapore with the aim of inspiring a greater sense of urgency to address CVD. Here, the need to coordinate international advocacy efforts became self-evident and a decision was made to form a global coalition of international, regional and national stakeholders to work together for circulatory health. This Global Coalition for Circulatory Health is open to any professional global, regional, and national civil society organization with a role in circulatory health.
The Global Coalition will leverage the expertise and reach of its international partners to advocate for increased prevention, control and treatment of all circulatory diseases.
Objectives of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health
1 WHO. Cardiovascular disease. 2017. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/.
2 UN. Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. 2011. http://www.un.org/en/ga/ncdmeeting2011/.
3 WHO. Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020. 2011. http://www.who.int/nmh/events/ncd_action_plan/en/.
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