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Statement from Dr. Tom Frieden on WHO’s new, lifesaving hypertension guideline:

New York, USA - August 25, 2021

“Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, endorses and supports the new ‘Guideline for the pharmacological treatment of hypertension in adults’ released today by the World Health Organization (WHO). We encourage countries to demonstrate their commitment to ending preventable deaths from high blood pressure by adopting and implementing WHO’s new hypertension guideline.

“The guideline details best practices in hypertension care and endorses simple, practical, proven strategies that can be easily tailored to an individual country’s context to improve blood pressure control. Hypertension remains the world’s leading killer and is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, which takes over 18 million lives every year. Among its recommendations, the new guideline highlights shifting routine hypertension care tasks to nurses and other health workers, freeing up physicians to focus on managing complex cases and increasing the health care system’s ability to manage more patients with high blood pressure. Resolve to Save Lives’ Six-step guide expands on these recommendations and offers practical guidance on implementing a hypertension treatment program.

“We must develop, improve and implement hypertension programs based on the best available information. This new guideline is an important step to improve hypertension care to save more lives—this is the one goal we should all be focused on.”


About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, focuses on preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and preventing epidemics. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more, visit: or Twitter @ResolveTSL.

About Dr. Tom Frieden

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Obama administration, when he oversaw responses to the H1N1 influenza, Ebola and Zika epidemics, is President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and Senior Fellow for Global Healthat the Council on Foreign Relations. Twitter: @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit or Twitter @VitalStrat.

Media Contacts:

Steven Chlapecka, Resolve to Save Lives,, +1.917.623.0246

Christina Honeysett, Vital Strategies:; +1.914.424.3356