Cardiovascular disease

Multisector partnerships

World Heart Federation (WHF)

The WHF works closely WHO CVD Programme. Joint activities include: the WHO/WHF/UNESCO Campaign for the Prevention of CVD; health promotion in school-age children in developing countries; projects on rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease; the Monica project; and development of health education materials, and norms and standards in CVD. The WHF supports WHO efforts to control and prevent risk factors for NCDs, such as tobacco smoking. WHO supports the WHF International Ten-day Teaching Seminar on CVD Epidemiology and Prevention.

The WHF organizes the annual World Heart Day to increase awareness about the global impact of heart disease and stroke. On 24 September 2000, the first World Heart Day was organized by WHF and co-sponsored by WHO and 77 countries participated. The 2001 World Heart Day will take place on 30 September with the theme: A heart for life.

International Society of Hypertension (ISH)

ISH collaboration on the WHO Cardiovascular Diseases Programme began in 1974 and has produced four versions of the WHO/ISH guidelines on managing mild hypertension (1983, 1986, 1989, 1993).

Heart Friends Around the World (HFATW)

HFATW is an international non-governmental organization and an affiliated member of the WHF that promotes CVD prevention worldwide through a membership network of over 1000 cardiologists in more than 100 countries. A WHO/HFATW joint project is being established for the continuing medical education of health personnel in low- and middle-income countries.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have included cardiopulmonary resuscitation and CVD awareness as a major component in First Aid Training Courses. In collaboration with WHO, an initiative has also been launched to improve awareness of CVDs in poor and marginalized populations.

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