Hypertension can be the next global health win

Patient gets blood pressure measured to check for hypertension. Managing hypertension can save lives

Hypertension is the leading cause of death worldwide, killing more than 10 million people each year, but it remains neglected. In an essay in the Washington Post, Dr. Tom Frieden calls attention to the need for increased focus and funding to prevent and treat the deadly condition.

WHO celebrates progress against toxic trans fat

For the first time, WHO awarded validation certificates to five countries that have best practice trans fat elimination policies in place, supported by adequate monitoring and enforcement systems. Congratulations to Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Thailand for their groundbreaking work helping to rid the world of this invisible killer.

Salt substitutes can help treat high blood pressure

In a new article published in the American Heart Association’s scientific journal Hypertension, we joined international experts in the call to include salt substitutes in the treatment for high blood pressure. Salt substitutes reduce risk for heart attack and stroke while also adding much-needed potassium to the diet.

Healthier meals in schools throughout Karnataka, India

Healthier school meals in Karnataka India

In partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, Vision for Social Development piloted a program in Karnataka, India in November 2021 that successfully reduced the amount of salt added to school meals provided under the PM POSHAN Scheme (previously ‘Mid-day Meal’ Scheme ). The successful program will now be expanded statewide, giving children across Karnataka access […]

Tackling Pakistan’s leading cause of death: heart disease

Blood pressure control in Pakistan

A new hypertension program in Pakistan will help tackle the country’s leading cause of death: heart disease. In collaboration with Resolve to Save Lives, Global Health Strategists and Implementers will use evidence-based, affordable, scalable approaches for controlling hypertension at the primary care level.

Lessons and action for a trans fat free Africa

Lessons and action for a trans fat free Africa panel speakers

In partnership with Africa CDC and the WHO Regional Office for Africa, we cohosted an official Conference for Public Health in Africa side event on trans fat elimination.  Featuring speakers from Cameroon, South Africa, Botswana, and Tanzania, ‘Lessons and action for a trans fat free Africa’ highlighted promising support for trans fat elimination policies, including […]

Beating the world’s leading killer with Simple solutions

A montage of two health care workers recording blood pressure results on the Simple app, with the red blood drop logo for Simple in the background

In just a few short years, the Bangladesh Hypertension Control Initiative has achieved impressive blood pressure control rates, and our Simple app has played an important role in this progress.  Learn more about how data from Simple has helped our partners– the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Non-Communicable Disease Control Program and the National […]

Protecting children from excess salt in Nepal

Preparing food at a school in Nepal

More children in Nepal will soon have access to healthy foods with the commitment of three municipalities in the Kathmandu region—Tokha, Thimi, and Kageshwori—to pass nutrition standards, including limits on sodium content, in schools and public facilities. This work, supported by Resolve to Save Lives, builds on progress in the Budhanilkantha municipality, which adopted a […]