Our goals are to save 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease and to prevent epidemics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Lessons from the field in Thailand
We visited three NCD clinics in Phitsanulok province with our Thai government colleagues and representatives from WHO Thailand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improving blood pressure control in China
Our team visited Fuwai Hospital Beijing and met with clinicians to discuss hypertension treatment and control.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
"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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
NAPHS in Nigeria
Dr. Chris Lee traveled to Nigeria to support the government's development of their National Action Plan for Health Security.