an initiative of Vital Strategies

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

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 PreventEpidemics.org 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.

November 15, 2018

Addressing Epidemic Preparedness at Kenya Workshop

A group of global health experts meet in Nairobi, Kenya, to attend a World Health Organization regional workshop on epidemic preparedness.

November 5, 2018

“The Perfect Storm” for the next epidemic

Cyrus Shahpar spoke on the panel, “Challenges in Outbreaks and Steps to Keep the World Safe” at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting.

October 29, 2018

Simple gets an open source brand

Our open source BP monitoring app, Simple, got a new brand thanks to the input of open source designers from all over the world. Read about it...

October 26, 2018

Inaugural LINKS webinar

Dr. Tom Frieden and Dr. Sandeep (Sunny) Kishore from the Arnhold Institute for Global Health led the inaugural LINKS webinar on single pill combination therapies for high blood pressure. You can watch the webinar on YouTube.

October 23, 2018

Tanzania prepares for Ebola

Tanzania has been gearing up to combat the Ebola virus, starting with its health care workers. Read the story on Prevent Epidemics.org.

October 20, 2018

Global discussion on trans fat surveillance standards

We worked with the WHO and CDC at a two-day trans fat surveillance expert consultation. Participants reviewed and reached consensus on global trans fat surveillance standards.

October 16, 2018

Supporting health security improvements in Liberia

We met with representatives from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to discuss ways to accelerate progress on health security.

October 3, 2018

From data to action

Our Prevent Epidemics team met with colleagues from the Global Health Advocacy Incubator to prototype the second phase of PreventEpidemics.org. The update is focused on moving from data to action.

September 27, 2018

Improving blood pressure control in China

Our team visited Fuwai Hospital Beijing and met with clinicians to discuss hypertension treatment and control.

September 25, 2018

Dr. Tom Frieden on Access to NCD Treatment and Care

During a side event at the UN General Assembly, Dr. Tom Frieden discusses the importance of political will, technical excellence and accessible health systems in blood pressure control.

September 7, 2018

"Fixed-dose combinations for hypertension"

80 million people could have their blood pressure controlled if they switch to fixed-dose combination pills. Read more in this Lancet editorial, co-authored by our team members Dr. Tom Frieden and Dr. Marc Jaffe.

August 27, 2018

ICEID conference in Atlanta

The world’s leading infectious disease experts and country health officials gathered in Atlanta for the ICEID conference. Attendants were able to learn more about their country’s preparedness for the next epidemic through custom demos of PreventEpidemics.org

August 14, 2018

Dr Marc Jaffe co-authored an article in JAMA

Dr. Marc Jaffe co-authored an editorial for the Journal of the American Medical Association, stressing the importance of fixed-dose combination therapy for the control of blood pressure on a global scale.

August 6, 2018

African Field Epidemiology Network

We met with representatives of the African Field Epidemiology Network: they are a non-profit alliance dedicated to helping Ministries of Health in Africa build strong, effective, sustainable programs.

July 20, 2018

Viet Nam

In July, WHO Viet Nam and Resolve to Save Lives met with local clinicians to support the launch of Viet Nam’s hypertension control efforts.

July 17, 2018

Progress in Viet Nam

Viet Nam committed to improve blood pressure control rates and reduce salt intake during a launch workshop in Ha Noi on July 17. The Ministry of Health, WHO and our team will work together to select hypertension treatment protocols and establish ways to evaluate their impact. Read more...

July 2-6, 2018

"Simple" app piloted in Punjab

The Resolve to Save Lives tech team ran our first real-world pilot of the Simple Android application, which aims to help healthcare workers to longitudinally track their hypertensive patients.

June 22, 2018

PreventEpidemics.org

We launched PreventEpidemics.org, an interactive website which spotlights gaps in epidemic preparedness and highlights actions that countries, donors, activists and organizations can take to fill them.

May 30, 2018

Hypertension work in China

Dr. Marc Jaffe traveled to China to meet with partners at the World Bank and others, and to advance the hypertension prevention work. In this photo Dr. Jaffe is having his blood pressure measured by Professor Liu Lisheng of the Beijing Lisheng Health Foundation.

May 24, 2018

2018 World Health Assembly

At the 2018 World Health Assembly, Dr. Tom Frieden participated in a discussion on “Reducing Sugar, Salt and Fat to Prevent NCDs.”

May 14, 2018

Make the world trans fat free by 2023

The Lancet published "REPLACE a roadmap to make the world trans fat free by 2023" written by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr. Tom Frieden

May 12, 2018

REPLACE launched

The World Health Organization announced REPLACE, a ground-breaking initiative developed in partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, which aims to eliminate trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. Read about it in The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, or Vox.

May 1, 2018

NAPHS in Nigeria

Dr. Chris Lee traveled to Nigeria to support the government's development of their National Action Plan for Health Security.