an initiative of Vital Strategies

Our goals are to save 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease and to prevent epidemics.

January 14, 2020

Urging the food industry to stop use of deadly trans fat by 2023

We joined American Heart Association, NCD Alliance, and World Heart Federation to call on 41 of major food, fat, and oil industry players to commit to trans fat elimination by 2023.

Read the press release

January 10, 2020

Call for healthy food procurement proposals!

Resolve to Save Lives and Vital Strategies are looking to partner with city, state/provincial, or national governments to develop, implement, and evaluate healthy food public procurement policies. More information here.

December 29, 2019

The good, the bad, and the ugly in global health in 2019

2019 saw both big advances and big setbacks for global health, President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden writes. Can 2020 mark the start of the healthiest decade ever?

December 18, 2019

Pass less salt and when you pass it, make it potassium salt

Would allowing salts in which some sodium has been replaced with potassium to be called “potassium salts” increase uptake in the US? President and CEO Dr. Thomas Frieden argues that it would, urging the FDA to change labelling regulations to make these heart-healthier salts more appealing to consumers.

December 17, 2019

Brazil passes best practice trans fat limits

The world’s fifth largest country announced regulations limiting the amount of artificial trans fat in the Brazilian food supply. Implementation will begin on July 1, 2021 and will culminate in a complete ban of partially hydrogenated oils effective January 1, 2023, in line with WHO’s target for global trans fat elimination. With support from our partner GHAI, the Brazilian Association of Nutrition (Asbran) built a strong coalition of advocates, engaged political decision-makers, and leveraged media to create a sense of urgency around the need for trans fat elimination.

December 6, 2019

Call for submissions:Epidemics that Didn’t Happen 2019

We’re developing a report featuring case studies from around the world that showcase how strong epidemic preparedness stopped outbreaks in 2019. Have a case we should feature? Submit a short summary here by December 20th, or learn more here.

November 18, 2019

Leveraging World Bank Funding for Epidemic Preparedness

We worked with leaders from the ministries of health, agriculture, environment, and finance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at a project management bootcamp, aligning priorities to step up epidemic preparedness and leverage funds from the World Bank's $150M REDISSE IV program.

November 7, 2019

LINKS grants for heart health in 18 countries announced the recipients of USD 2.3 million in grants to improve blood pressure control, reduce salt intake, and eliminate trans fat. Read more about the grantees here.

October 30, 2019

Writing skills for CVH research

We supported Centers for Disease Control with a scientific writing workshop for early-career professionals engaged in research on cardiovascular health.

October 17, 2019 Launches in French

We launched a French-language version of, expanding the site’s audience to include Francophone journalists, advocates, and decision-makers.

October 10, 2019

The Story of the Simple app in India

In the year since the Simple app first launched, health workers like Bupinderjeet have used it to manage the blood pressure of more than 130,000 patients in almost 400 in clinics Punjab and Maharashtra. Learn more about Bupinderjeet’s story in this video.

September 24, 2019

Controlling Hypertension: A Pathfinder for Universal Health Coverage

LINKS hosted a live discussion on how hypertension care can pave the way for Universal Health Coverage

September 23, 2019

Lessons from Expanding Global Blood Pressure Control

We published an article in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension on what we've learned from our first two years of work to expand treatment of high blood pressure around the world.

September 15, 2019

Community Outreach to Reduce Salt

In Shandong and Anhui Provinces, China, community engagement activities supporting the Love with Less Salt media campaign help reinforce the message that too much salt has harmful consequences.

September 2, 2019

First-of-its-kind Salt Reduction Campaign Launches in China

“Love with Less Salt,” the first public service announcement to dramatically depict the dangers of the high salt diet common in China, debuted on Chinese state television and in Anhui and Shandong provinces. Watch the video

August 31, 2019

Protecting the world from infectious disease threats: now or never

We published an editorial in The BMJ arguing for the urgency of filling the emergency preparedness gaps diagnosed by the Joint External Evaluation.

August 21, 2019

Uganda Debuts First National Action Plan for Health Security

The government of Uganda launched its first National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) with the support of the Infectious Disease Institut"

August 21, 2019

Liberia Steps Up Commitment to Epidemic Preparedness

Liberia became one of the first countries in the world to undergo a midterm Joint External Evaluation, measuring progress made in epidemic preparedness since their first assessment in 2016.

August 11, 2019

Strengthening Outbreak Response in Nigeria

We formalized our partnership with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to continue supporting efforts including National Action Plan for Health Security implementation and lab network strengthening.

August 6, 2019

New Plan to Reduce NCDs in Nigeria Targets High Blood Pressure

In partnership with the World Health Organization, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health launched the first National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.

July 31, 2019

Ethiopia Launches Hypertension Program

Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health announced a new program that will bring treatment for high blood pressure to approximately 3 million people.

July 31, 2019

Expanding Blood Pressure Care in India

The Indian Council for Medical Research, World Health Organization and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare announced the nationwide expansion of the India Hypertension Control Initiative, which will treat a projected 150,000,000 patients for high blood pressure in the next four years. Read more.

July 15, 2019

WHO Endorses Simpler Drug Treatment for Blood Pressure

The World Health Organization approved an application from Resolve to Save Lives and partners to include 4 fixed-dose combinations of medicines for high blood pressure on the newest update to the Essential Medicines List. We co-authored a letter to The Lancet calling for countries to make these life-saving drugs available to patients. Read the article.

July 10, 2019

100 Joint External Evaluations Completed

We celebrated the completion of 100 Joint External Evaluations (JEEs) the gold standard in assessing how prepared countries are to find, stop and prevent epidemics. Epidemic preparedness experts explain why this is an important landmark.

July 10-12, 2019

Risk Communications for Epidemic Prevention

Our Prevent Epidemics team supported a WHO Risk Communication and Community Engagement Capacity Strengthening workshop with representatives from 6 countries in Abuja, Nigeria.

July 2-4, 2019

Training of Trainers in Ethiopia

With support from WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health, our Ethiopia team led a training of trainers on hypertension prevention and control in Addis Ababa.

June 24-27, 2019

Advancing Trans Fat Elimination in the Eastern Mediterranean

We teamed up with WHO and WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to help governments in the Eastern Mediterranean identify trans fat elimination policy options that work for their national contexts and identify next steps for action.

June 18-20, 2019

Global Health Security 2019 Conference in Sydney

Our Prevent Epidemics team highlighted the critical role of politics and social constructs in causing—and preventing—epidemics at the Global Health Security 2019 conference in Sydney, Australia.

June 10, 2019

The Not-Flashy, Essential Part of Outbreak Preparedness and Response

When an outbreak hits, how do we immediately get the Ministry of Health, an animal health specialist, a communications expert and a laboratory sample transporter on the same page? Senior Vice President Amanda McClelland argues that program management is the key to epidemic preparedness in Global Health Now.

June 15, 2019 — From Data to Action

The site has a new look and new tools to help move from data to action on epidemic preparedness. Check out our new interactive maps, flight patterns displayed with the preparedness of their final destination and useful tools for advocacy.

June 11-12, 2019

Global Health Forum of the Boao Forum for Asia

We joined public health leaders from around the world in Qingdao, China, where we discussed how hypertension management can be a path finder for universal health coverage.

June 12, 2019

Shandong Hypertension Management Initiative

Our partners kicked off the Shandong Hypertension Management Initiative, a three year program to improve blood pressure control rates in Shandong, a province in eastern China.

June 10, 2019

There’s a limited window to make America safer from epidemics

President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden joined Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in calling on the World Bank to dedicate $1 billion per year over three years to epidemic preparedness.

June 10, 2019

How to Save 100 Million Lives Through Improved Heart Health

A new study in the journal Circulation reports nearly 100 million lives could be saved by increasing the number of people around the world treated for high blood pressure, reducing salt intake and eliminating trans fat from the global food supply.

May 31, 2019

Meet the Program Management for Epidemic Preparedness (PMEP) class

We're excited to introduce our first class of PMEP trainees — the epidemic preparedness leaders of tomorrow. Learn more about them...

May 22, 2019

Why it's time for a total ban on trans fat – the 'tobacco of nutrition'

President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden called for action on trans fat elimination from national, regional, global, and food industry leaders in The Telegraph.

May 21, 2019

New resources in the fight against trans fat

We supported WHO to develop materials for the REPLACE action packages, including 6 practical implementation modules and the first progress report on global trans fat elimination.

May 20-28, 2019

World Health Assembly in Geneva

We participated in the 72nd World Health Assembly, where we highlighted the global importance of cardiovascular health and epidemic preparedness and co-hosted the launch of new WHO resources on trans fat elimination, a training for advocates of trans fat bans, and a learning lab on hypertension.

May 2, 2019

Prioritizing the Contingency Fund for health emergencies in Uganda

At a meeting on improving health security hosted by the Ministry of Health in Uganda, our team agreed to work with other legal stakeholders to prioritize the Contingencies Fund for Emergencies.

May 1, 2019

Engaging industry on trans fat elimination

Along with NCD Alliance, American Heart Association, and World Heart Federation, we added our voice to the WHO’s call for industry to replace artificial trans fat by directly calling on dozens of major food, fat, and oil industry players to commit to elimination by 2023.

April 30, 2019

Improving Ebola virus disease outbreak preparedness

Our team worked with experts in Kampala, Uganda to create a strategic plan for engaging partners in DRC and other countries at high risk for Ebola transmission.

April 27, 2019

Practical treatment protocols improve hypertension management

We published a statement with the World Hypertension League on the benefits of a practical treatment protocol for global hypertension management.

April 25, 2019

Tracking implementation of Nigeria’s National Action Plan for Health Security

We helped design and implement a free, user-friendly tool to help officials from 13 different organizations within the Nigerian government to coordinate their National Action Plan for Health Security.

April 22, 2019

Assessing Yellow Fever preparedness in Nigeria

As part of our collaboration with the National Center for Disease Control, laboratory network consultant Celestina Obiekea conducted an assessment of yellow fever diagnosis capacity in laboratories in Nigeria.

April 10, 2019

Supporting Vietnam’s national hypertension program

Members of our cardiovascular health team visited and gave feedback to health care facilities implementing the national hypertension program in Vietnam.

March 30, 2019

Salt reduction in Chinese schools

Our nutrition team traveled to China to learn about a healthy canteen initiative in primary and middle schools in Shandong province.

March 25, 2019

Program Management for Epidemic Preparedness training course begins

Our Prevent Epidemics team kicked off a 12-month certified training program for mid-level program managers working in emergency preparedness in Rwanda.

March 10, 2019

LINKS Community grant recipients announced

The first LINKS Community grant recipients were announced. Eleven countries will now save lives by better controlling blood pressure, reducing salt intake or eliminating trans fat.

March 5-6, 2019

Cardiovascular Health Partner Meeting

Resolve to Save Lives welcomed our cardiovascular health partners and representatives from 9 of the countries in which we work to NYC. We shared learnings from our first year and focused on strengthening our ability to effectively support rapid country progress.

March 5, 2019

Africa Health Agenda International Conference

We participated in AHAIC 2019 in Rwanda, where we met with our implementing partners and provided demos of to conference attendees.

March 1, 2019

Rwanda prepares for Ebola

Rwanda conducted a simulation exercise to prepare for new cases of Ebola entering the country from neighboring DRC. Read what they learned...

February 27, 2019

New voluntary salt reduction targets in Turkey

The Turkish Restaurant and Patisserie Federation agreed to reduce salt in restaurant and bakery food items, potentially making food healthier in 130,000 restaurants across the country.

January 30, 2019

Global NCD gathering in Bangkok

Tom Frieden, our President and CEO, delivered the keynote address (slides) at the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

January 30, 2019

Lessons from the field in Thailand

We visited three NCD clinics in Phitsanulok province with our Thai government colleagues and representatives from WHO Thailand.

January 17, 2019

Uganda prepares its borders for potential Ebola cases

Health screening site set up at a point of entry in Uganda as part of their Ebola preparedness effort. Our Prevent Epidemics team deployed to Uganda to support their preparedness efforts.

December 18, 2018

Momentum growing to eliminate trans fat

The NCD Alliance hosted a trans fat event at the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health in Dubai. The key message at the event was that trans fat can be completely replaced without changing cost or taste of food.

December 18, 2018

Highlighting the burden of untreated hypertension

We participated in the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices in India, highlighting the enormous burden of disease from untreated hypertension and the need for availability of better devices for detecting high blood pressure.

December 17, 2018

Nigeria launches action plan for health security

Nigeria launched its National Action Plan for Health Security, a five-year roadmap for coordinating and implementing systems to find, stop and prevent health threats.

December 14, 2018

Caribbean Public Health Agency improves epidemic preparedness

The agency developed an innovative monitoring, early alert and response system to quickly identify emerging diseases. Read the story here...

December 7, 2018

New partnership with Shandong province

Our China team signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shandong Provincial Health Commission to begin work on sodium reduction and hypertension control projects.

December 4, 2018

Experts agree on statement of preparedness for public health emergencies

Global health experts attended the WHO High-level Conference for Public Health Emergencies, Challenges, and Opportunities in Urban Areas in Lyon, France. A statement on preparedness (PDF) for public health emergencies was produced by the close of the meeting.

November 29, 2018

Ethiopia launches salt reduction program

We joined experts from WHO and the Ethiopian government for a workshop to kick off Ethiopia's salt reduction program.

November 28, 2018

First-of-its kind PSA launches in India

India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority launched a new campaign to support the removal of trans fat from the food supply: “Heart Attack Rewind.”

November 28, 2018

Highlighting lessons from past epidemics

1918 marks the 100th anniversary of the deadliest flu pandemic on record. Our Amanda McClelland shared lessons learned from major epidemics over the years and current preparedness efforts at a National Academies of Science event.