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Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

Driving urgent action to combat heart disease and stroke

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Uniting international, regional and national stakeholders to make addressing the world’s number one killer a global priority

The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health was launched in 2017 at the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases in Montevideo, Uruguay. It brings together international, regional and national stakeholders in circulatory health to drive the urgent action needed to combat heart disease and stroke, in preparation for the Third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2018.

“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. 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. In addition, the implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, along with national action plans on NCDs, has been slow.”

Professor David Wood, Cardiologist and President of the World Heart Federation

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 circulatory 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.

The Global Coalition is open to any professional global, regional, and national civil society organization with a role in circulatory health. If you would like to register, please click on the link below.

Objectives of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

  • Achieve the global target of a 25% reduction by 2025 in premature mortality from heart disease and stroke, as an essential component to the 25by25 NCD target and a key milestone to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 of a one-third reduction in premature NCD deaths by 2030
  • Unite the diverse voices of the circulatory health community to become more powerful advocates to policy makers and politicians
  • Align all organizations to support the WHO Global Hearts Initiative to improve the prevention, control and treatment of heart disease and stroke through primary health care
  • Promote common international messaging by partnering organizations and leveraging their extensive networks to cascade messages to regional and national levels
  • Strengthen the voice of people living with heart disease and stroke by including patients, their families and communities in decision-making processes and in national, regional and global advocacy
  • Convene an annual Global Summit on Circulatory Health for professional leaders from the public and private sectors to drive the international, regional and national agendas for circulatory health

Global Coalition Leadership Group

The Global Coalition Leadership Group sets the strategy and workplan for the Coalition. It comprises partner organizations with an interest in heart disease and stroke which also hold Official Relations Status with the World Health Organization. The Leadership Group is currently made up of the following organizations:

International Council of Nurses
International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations
World Hypertension League
World Stroke Organization
World Organization of Family Doctors
World Federation of Public Health Associations
International Diabetes Federation
International Society of Nephrology

Global Coalition for Circulatory Health members

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. The following are the current members of the Global Coalition:

European Heart Network
European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society
Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY)
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Heart Friends Around the World
InterAmerican Heart Foundation
International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations
International Atherosclerosis Society
International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
International Council of Nurses
International Diabetes Federation
International Primary Care Cardiovascular Society
International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM)
International Society of Nephrology
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
South African Heart Association
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Hypertension League
World Organization of Family Doctors
World Stroke Organization
World Heart Federation

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Read the Lancet article on the Global Coalition

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Read the Mexico Declaration - Circulatory Health for All People

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