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Cardiovascular Disease and Epidemic Prevention

Two of the largest needs in global public health are cardiovascular disease and epidemic prevention.

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As part of its commitment to tackle the world’s leading health challenges, Vital Strategies is proud to host Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative which aims to save 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease and infectious disease epidemics over the next 30 years.

Our Approach

Housed at Vital Strategies, Resolve to Save Lives’ CEO and President is Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former commissioner of the New York City (NYC) Health Department. Born of Dr. Frieden’s experience and vision, Resolve to Save Lives has received a remarkable US $225 million commitment from three of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations – Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

There are two components of this initiative. Resolve – To Save 100 Million Lives focuses on heart diseases and strokes, which kill 18 million people every year. High blood pressure alone is the world’s leading cause of death, killing 10 million people annually, more than all infectious diseases combined. Strategic investment in three key areas could deliver rapid progress to prevent 100 million deaths: improved treatment of high blood pressure, elimination of artificial trans fats, and sodium reduction.

The second component of this initiative, Resolve – To Prevent Epidemics, will help governments in low- and middle-income countries move from JEE assessments to funded, implemented, and sustained programs to make their countries, their regions, and the world safer from epidemics. This part of the initiative will focus on four key areas to improve capacity and preparedness: implementing and strengthening disease tracking systems, supporting laboratory networks, developing and supporting “disease detectives,” and developing rapid response teams to prevent unchecked outbreaks.

Resolve to Save Lives is being implemented by the team of global health experts at Vital Strategies, along with implementing partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University, the CDC Foundation, World Bank, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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