Global health initiative could transform nations

Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO, comments on Resolve to Save Lives announcement to accelerate global progress in saving lives from heart attack and stroke

September 12, 2017 Categories: Advisories & Comments, Heart News, Stroke News

DALLAS, TX September 12, 2017 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, applauds today’s announcement from Dr. Tom Frieden, Vital Strategies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in creating Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative leveraging the strengths and resources of these partners to invest in public health strategies to save lives in low- and middle-income countries.

“In our work in more than 70 countries and with thousands of hospitals around the world, we have seen the need for improving the public health infrastructure and surveillance systems to decrease preventable diseases and deaths,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. “Dr. Frieden’s global leadership is urgently needed and complements our own efforts to increase control of blood pressure, reduce dietary sodium intake, eliminate trans fats and ensure every nation has the needed systems in place to help their communities build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The launch of the Resolve initiative has the potential to not just transform public health, but to transform nations. The American Heart Association looks forward to working with this groundbreaking global health initiative as part of our growing worldwide outreach.”

The American Heart Association has valued our longstanding relationship with Dr. Tom Frieden. Our successful collaborations include incentivizing the food and restaurant industries to provide healthier options by reducing sodium and eliminating trans fats, tobacco control and the Million Hearts initiative. This new global project provides additional opportunities to save 100 million lives from heart disease and stroke.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.

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