Public health authorities Sunday led a forum on a $225 million global health initiative that aims to prevent more than 100 million deaths from cardiovascular disease over the next 30 years.
Marc Jaffe, MD, vice-president of the Cardiovascular Health Initiative, joined other public health authorities to discuss Resolve to Save Lives, which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Tom Frieden, MD, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department, is leading the effort.
The initiative, which launched in September, aims to save lives with clinical and community interventions that ultimately help prevent cardiovascular disease and help countries close gaps in epidemic preparedness and response.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 17.7 million people died from CVDs in 2015, representing 31 percent of global deaths. More than 75 percent occured in low-income and middle-income countries.
Resolve will work with governments to increase global control of blood pressure from 14 to 50 percent. Those measures will address a standard, evidence-based treatment protocol, access to quality medications and patient-centered services that reduce barriers to medication.
Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of Vital Strategies, a global health organization that works in more than 60 countries. The American Heart Association is supportive of the project.