On 29 September 2016 – World Heart Day – the World Heart Federation launched a two-year campaign focusing on a topical theme: the power of information.
As well as being the foundation for strong advocacy, robust and reliable data is essential for governments when deciding where to allocate resources to fund health programmes. However, many governments lack the adequate technical and financial resources, workforce capacity, and political will necessary for robust CVD surveillance and monitoring. Others may not apply the information they gather to guide policies on CVD, or may not harmonize data collected from different sources.
Nevertheless, many countries have made great strides in developing policies to address their CVD burden, despite limited resources. To help improve our knowledge of countries’ CVD burdens around the world, the WHF’s World Heart Day campaign for 2016 and 2017 includes a global policy call to governments:
More specifically, WHF aims to secure commitments from governments to:
To find out more about the World Heart Federation’s global policy call, please contact Lyndsey Canham, Programme Officer at Lyndsey.Canham@worldheart.org.
The WHF recommends a number of interventions to build effective CVD monitoring and surveillance as part of an overall strategy to enhance quality of care for CVD patients, strengthen health systems, and support the delivery of the WHO NCD goal of “25 by 25”: