an initiative of Vital Strategies

We are a global public health initiative with one mission: save lives

Resolve to Save Lives helps governments and civil society implement scalable, proven strategies.

We are determined to prevent millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease and epidemics, with a focus on accelerating action through speed, simplicity, and scale in low- and middle-income countries.

Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of the global public health organization Vital Strategies. We received $225 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation.

Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO, explains the mission of Resolve to Save Lives.

We are funders and implementers

We provide catalytic funding to countries interested in improving epidemic preparedness or their citizens’ heart health. And, we staff the world’s leading experts in cardiovascular health and epidemic preparedness, so that we can send them into the field to provide on-the-ground technical assistance.

We operate in dozens of countries

Our focus is on accelerating action through speed, simplicity, and scale in low- and middle-income countries. We work primarily through our partners’ country offices.

Global implementing partners

Our global partners include: World Health Organization, CDC Foundation, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Bank, Vital Strategies

In-country partners

Our in-country partners include: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Beijing Lisheng Cardiovascular Health Foundation (BLCHF), African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), PATH, and the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh.

Our focus is on accelerating action through speed, simplicity, and scale in low- and middle-income countries.

What we do and don't do

What we do

  • Provide guidance and technical support in program design and implementation — what to do and how to do it
  • Assist in securing program funding
  • Assist in identifying and engaging partners, in-country and globally
  • Catalyze progress

What we don't do

  • Run country programs
  • Pay for programs
  • Set country health and NCD prevention policy
  • Sustain programs long-term


Our team of global health experts works with governments to help them implement evidence-based strategies that allow their citizens to lead the healthiest lives possible. Resolve to Save Lives is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is housed within Vital Strategies.

Dr. Tom Frieden (Bio)

President and CEO

Dr. Tom Frieden is one of the world’s leading public health experts. Prior to founding Resolve to Save Lives, Tom was the Director of the US Centers for Disease Control.

New York, USA

Prevent epidemics

Amanda McClelland (Bio)

Senior Vice President

New York, USA

Jobin Abraham

Program Management Specialist

New York, USA

Cedric Aperce

Legal Advisor

Paris, France

Marine Buissonnière

Senior Advisor Consultant

Puerto Rico, USA

Dr. Chris Lee

Senior Technical Advisor

New York, USA

Dr. Cyrus Shahpar


New York, USA

Kate Whittemore

Program Coordinator

New York, USA

Colby Wilkason

Technical Advisor

New York, USA

Cardiovascular health

Dr. Marc Jaffe (Bio)

Senior Vice President

California, USA

Adefunke (Funke) Ajenikoko

Program Assistant

New York, USA

Dawit Bisrat

National Hypertension Control Coordinator

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Daniel Burka

Director of Product & Design

New York, USA

Tim Cheadle

Director of Engineering

North Carolina, USA

Dr. Laura Cobb

Director, Nutrition Policy and Surveillance

New York, USA

Sharmila Das

Finance Manager, Consultant

Delhi, India

Meg Farrell

Senior Program Officer

New York, USA

Johanna Gusman

Legal Advisor

New York, USA

Ping Hu

Director, Clinical Informatics

Jinan, China

Nicole Ide

Program Officer, Sodium and Surveillance

New York, USA

Lindsay Joseph

Program Officer, LINKS

New York, USA

Mansi Kapoor

Operations Manager, Consultant

Delhi, India

Dr. Ashish Krishna

Senior Consultant, Cardiovascular Health

Delhi, India

Praveen Kumar

Health Data App Coordinator Consultant

Chandigarh, India

Dr Youwen Lai

Senior Program Manager

Jinan, China

Sagri Negi

Private Healthcare Engagement Consultant

Delhi, India

Dr. Anupam Pathni

Deputy Lead, Cardiovascular Health Consultant

Delhi, India

Swagata Sahoo

Consultant, Drug Supply

Delhi, India

Dr. Roopa Shivashankar

Senior Consultant

Delhi, India

Chang Shu

Operations Manager, Consultant

Beijing, China

Lindsay Steele

Senior Program Officer

New York, USA

Dr. Shumei Yun

China Country Director

Beijing, China


Jeannie Mantopoulos (Bio)

Chief Operating Officer

New York, USA

Emma Bradford

Communications Associate

New York, USA

Kate Elliott

Communications Officer

New York, USA

Robynn Leidig

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

New York, USA

Dorothy Lohnau

Grants Operations Manager

New York, USA

Lu Lopez

Executive Assistant

New York, USA

Erin Sykes

Communications Director

Georgia, USA

Dr. Ioanna Trilivas

Senior Talent and Leadership Advisor

New York, USA

Adolphine Umukobwa

Operations Manager

New York, USA
Members of our team during an annual meeting in NYC, Oct 2018

Vital Strategies

Resolve to Save Lives is housed within Vital Strategies, a global health organization that works in more than 70 countries to address the world’s most challenging health issues. Resolve to Save Lives fits perfectly with Vital Strategies’ vision of a world where every person is protected by a strong public health system.