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Role of an International Federation in Promoting Chronic Disease Prevention

Author(s): J. Voûte1
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.
Four main pillars of activity: raising awareness, advocacy, demonstration projects and the sharing of sci-ence. To raise public awareness of heart disease and stroke, the Federation develops campaigns and events. In the advocacy field the Federation focuses on tobacco control, the current overweight/obesity epidemic, women and heart disease and wellness in the workplace. Through demonstration projects the Federation aims to measurably impact cardiovascular disease risk. Finally sharing science is done through World Congresses of Cardiology, the Federation Scientific Councils, and the publication of scientific journals. The four pillars of activities are supported through the Federation network of members. The Federation has developed multiple partnerships to implement its programmes and to support its advocacy efforts. They include implementation partners such as the Union of European Football Associations, the World Health Organization, the World Economic Forum, Sesame Workshop, the Global Smokefree Partnership, and the Global Prevention Alliance.

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