More than 18 million people die each year from heart attacks and strokes

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Resolve to Save Lives works to end preventable death from cardiovascular disease. Few global health organizations work in cardiovascular health, and fewer still work across both prevention and treatment.

There is a tremendous amount of work to be done—with limited political attention and scarce funding. Heart health hasn’t yet benefitted from the focused global action that has led to big improvements in infectious disease control.

We focus on proven, high impact interventions:





Together, these three strategies can save 100 million lives globally by 2050.

How we work

Resolve to Save Lives provides technical assistance and targeted investment to governments, civil society and technical partners to help countries improve the heart health of their people.

We work with global and local partners to develop cardiovascular disease prevention programs based on current evidence-based practices that address the needs of the population and the health system. Our global partners include the World Health Organization, John’s Hopkins University, the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pan American Health Organization.

Most deaths from cardiovascular disease are in low- and middle-income countries–so that’s where we focus our attention.

Tools to take action

Explore our resource libraries for Hypertension Control, Sodium Reduction and Trans Fat Elimination.


Our Latest Work

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WHO’s HEARTS package significantly improves high blood pressure control

A new trial published in BMJ’s Heart Journal shows that the WHO-HEARTS technical package, championed and developed in support with Resolve to Save Lives, significantly improves high blood pressure treatment…

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New oped on global progress eliminating trans fat

The world has made encouraging progress to eliminate trans fat, but more than 4 billion people remain at risk. In a new oped published in BMJ and Al Jazeera, Dr.…

Yellow and gray cover page with image of world map in varying shades of brown. Depicts the new WHO report on 5-years of progress eliminating harmful trans fat globally

New milestone report on global trans fat elimination

World Health Organization’s (WHO) new milestone report summarizes progress over the past 5 years towards the global elimination of industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFA). In 2018, WHO set the ambitious…

Indonesia can improve health by eliminating harmful trans fat

New data on trans fat content in Indonesia’s food supply show that almost 10 percent of foods tested exceeded the WHO-recommended threshold for trans fat, some food groups by as…

Salt reduction event at 77th World Health Assembly

At this year’s 77th World Health Assembly, Resolve to Save Lives and NCD Alliance cohosted an in-person side event, as part of our collaboration with WHO, about the importance of…

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Colombia leads on reducing salt-related diseases

One in three Colombians has high blood pressure raising their risk of heart disease, stroke and other non-communicable diseases. One major cause is eating too much salt—Colombians consume on average…

Cardiovascular Health

Hypertension Control

Trans Fat Elimination