|Affiliation(s):||1World Heart Federation, Geneva, Switzerland
|Summary (max 100 words):||
International agencies, national governments, NGOs and multinational corporations have to become more active in the fight against chronic disease. The Grand Challenges Partnership and the WHO Action Plan for Non-Communicable Disease are examples of what is being done at various levels to curb the chronic disease epidemics. Both approaches stress the importance of core principles that should guide national, regional and international action. The overarching aim is to develop concrete, structured, and measurable actions. The Federation is an NGO dedicated to helping people achieve a longer and better life through prevention and control of heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. It works as an umbrella organization for 196 member societies of cardiology and heart foundations from over 100 countries. Its membership brings together the strength of the medical community with the public health community, meaning that the Federation is in a unique position to advocate and act for the decrease of CVD around the world.