BHF supports global coalition to beat heart and circulatory disease

18 October 2017        

Category: Survival and support

Through our membership of the European Heart Network we’re pledging to play a leading role in a global coalition to reduce the death and suffering caused by heart and circulatory disease worldwide. 

A bar chart showing global annual deaths from cardiovascular disease (17.7 million) cancer (8.8 million) and diabetes (1.6 million)

The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health is being brought together by the World Heart Federation, in preparation for the UN High-level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in 2018. This will be a key moment for developing an approach to tackling heart and circulatory disease on a global scale.

Heart and circulatory disease accounts for 17.7 million deaths a year worldwide - more than twice as many as cancer (8.8 million) – with diabetes killing an additional 1.6 million a year. Millions more live with conditions like heart failure. The vast majority of deaths from circulatory disease happen in low and middle income countries, with breakthroughs in prevention and treatment often slow to spread across the globe.

One of the biggest objectives of the Global Coalition is to achieve a one-third reduction in deaths from heart and circulatory disease by 2030, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

Accelerating progress worldwide

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive and President of the European Heart Network, said: 

“Heart and circulatory disease – including heart attack, stroke and vascular dementia - is the biggest killer worldwide, with worrying variations in death rates between countries.

“If we’re to meet the stretching global target of reducing premature deaths by a third by 2030, it’s essential that world health leaders come together to accelerate progress. We intend to play a leading role in this coalition, in the knowledge this type of global collaboration will lead to life-saving progress for people suffering from all diseases connected to the heart and circulatory system, both in the UK and worldwide.” 

This Global Coalition for Circulatory Health will be launched as leaders gather in Montevideo, Uruguay, October 18-20 2017, for the WHO Global Conference on Non-communicable Diseases.  

Find out more about the coalition