Global Hearts Initiative

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The GLOBAL HEARTS INITIATIVE

Working Together to Promote Cardiovascular Health

The goal of the Global Hearts Initiative (GHI) is to reduce premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in target countries by supporting governments around the world to scale up efforts on CVD prevention and control through five technical packages.

Launched in 2016, the GHI has been rolled out in many countries. Demonstrating and measuring results will be a key feature of country work.

Major risk factors for CVD are:

Tobacco Use
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Physical Inactivity
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Consumption of Foods High in Salt
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Consumption of Foods with Trans-Fatty Acids
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High Blood Pressure
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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE is the world’s number one killer, causing 17.9 MILLION DEATHS per year, mainly from heart attacks and strokes

36% Prematurely Under 70 Years

Technical packages to address these major risk factors are:

mpower (with logo)
to defeat the global tobacco epidemic
Active (with logo)
to increase physical activity
SHAKE The Salt Habit (with logo)
to reduce salt consumption
REPLACE Trans Fat
to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids
HEARTS (with logo)
to promote CVD management in primary health care

 

Logos of organizations involved in the Global Hearts Initiative:

  • World Health Organization
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
  • Centre for Chronic Disease Control (India)
  • International Diabetes Federation
  • International Society of Hypertension
  • International Society of Nephrology
  • Resolve to Save Lives
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization: Regional Office for the Americas
  • World Heart Federation
  • World Hypertension League
  • World Stroke Organization
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
mpower (with logo)
to defeat the global tobacco epidemic
  • MONITOR
    tobacco use and prevention policies
  • PROTECT
    people from tobacco smoke
  • OFFER
    help to quit tobacco use
  • WARN
    about the dangers of tobacco
  • ENFORCE
    bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • RAISE
    taxes on tobacco
Active (with logo)
to increase physical activity
  • ACTIVE SOCIETIES
    Implement behaviour change communication campaigns and build workforce capacity to change social norms
  • ACTIVE ENVIRONMENTS
    Promote safe, well maintained infrastructure, facilities and public open spaces that provide equitable access to places for walking, cycling and other physical activity
  • ACTIVE PEOPLE
    Ensure access to opportunities, programmes and services across multiple settings to engage people of all ages and abilities in regular physical activity
  • ACTIVE SYSTEMS
    Strengthen leadership, governance, multisectoral partnerships, workforce, research, advocacy and information systems to support effective coordinated policy implementation
SHAKE The Salt Habit (with logo)
to reduce salt consumption
  • SURVEILLANCE
    Measure and monitor salt use
  • HARNESS INDUSTRY
    Promote the reformulation of food to contain less salt
  • ADOPT STANDARDS FOR LABELLING AND MARKETING
    Implement standards for effective and accurate labeling and marketing of food
  • KNOWLEDGE
    Educate and communicate to empower individuals to eat less salt
  • ENVIRONMENT
    Support settings to promote healthy eating
REPLACE Trans Fat
to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids
  • REVIEW
    dietary sources of industrially produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change
  • PROMOTE
    the replacement of industrially produced trans fats with healthier fats and oils
  • LEGISLATE
    or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially produced trans fats
  • CREATE
    awareness of the negative health impact of TFA among policy-makers, producers, suppliers, and the public
  • ENFORCE
    compliance with policies and regulations
HEARTS (with logo)
to promote CVD management in primary health care
  • HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
    Counsel on tobacco cessation, diet, physical activity and self-care
  • EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT PROTOCOLS
    Simple and standardized protocols
  • ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL MEDICINES AND TECHNOLOGIES
    Access to a core set of affordable medicine and basic technology
  • RISK-BASED MANAGEMENT
    Total cardiovascular risk assessment, treatment and referral
  • TEAM-BASED CARE AND TASK-SHARING
    Patient-centred care through a team approach and community participation
  • SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING
    Patient registries and programme evaluation

For more information, please visit WWW.WHO.INT/CARDIOVASCULAR_DISEASES/GLOBAL-HEARTS/EN/external icon

WHO/NMH/NVI/18.18. © World Health Organization 2018. Some rights reserved. This work is available under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO license.