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Call for submissions:Epidemics that Didn’t Happen 2019

We’re developing a report featuring case studies from around the world that showcase how strong epidemic preparedness stopped outbreaks in 2019. Have a case we should feature? Submit a short summary here by December 20th, or learn more here.

Leveraging World Bank Funding for Epidemic Preparedness

We worked with leaders from the ministries of health, agriculture, environment, and finance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at a project management bootcamp, aligning priorities to step up epidemic preparedness and leverage funds from the World Bank's $150M REDISSE IV program.

Writing skills for CVH research

We supported Centers for Disease Control with a scientific writing workshop for early-career professionals engaged in research on cardiovascular health. Launches in French

We launched a French-language version of, expanding the site’s audience to include Francophone journalists, advocates, and decision-makers.

The Story of the Simple app in India

In the year since the Simple app first launched, health workers like Bupinderjeet have used it to manage the blood pressure of more than 130,000 patients in almost 400 in clinics Punjab and Maharashtra. Learn more about Bupinderjeet’s story in this video.

Community Outreach to Reduce Salt

In Shandong and Anhui Provinces, China, community engagement activities supporting the Love with Less Salt media campaign help reinforce the message that too much salt has harmful consequences.

Lessons from Expanding Global Blood Pressure Control

We published an article in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension on what we've learned from our first two years of work to expand treatment of high blood pressure around the world.

First-of-its-kind Salt Reduction Campaign Launches in China

“Love with Less Salt,” the first public service announcement to dramatically depict the dangers of the high salt diet common in China, debuted on Chinese state television and in Anhui and Shandong provinces. Watch the video

Protecting the world from infectious disease threats: now or never

We published an editorial in The BMJ arguing for the urgency of filling the emergency preparedness gaps diagnosed by the Joint External Evaluation.

Liberia Steps Up Commitment to Epidemic Preparedness

Liberia became one of the first countries in the world to undergo a midterm Joint External Evaluation, measuring progress made in epidemic preparedness since their first assessment in 2016.

Uganda Debuts First National Action Plan for Health Security

The government of Uganda launched its first National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) with the support of the Infectious Disease Institute

Strengthening Outbreak Response in Nigeria

We formalized our partnership with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to continue supporting efforts including National Action Plan for Health Security implementation and lab network strengthening.

New Plan to Reduce NCDs in Nigeria Targets High Blood Pressure

In partnership with the World Health Organization, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health launched the first National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.

Ethiopia Launches Hypertension Program

Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health announced a new program that will bring treatment for high blood pressure to approximately 3 million people.

Expanding Blood Pressure Care in India

The Indian Council for Medical Research, World Health Organization and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare announced the nationwide expansion of the India Hypertension Control Initiative, which will treat a projected 150,000,000 patients for high blood pressure in the next four years. Read more.

WHO Endorses Simpler Drug Treatment for Blood Pressure

The World Health Organization approved an application from Resolve to Save Lives and partners to include 4 fixed-dose combinations of medicines for high blood pressure on the newest update to the Essential Medicines List. We co-authored a letter to The Lancet calling for countries to make these life-saving drugs available to patients. Read the article.

100 Joint External Evaluations Completed

We celebrated the completion of 100 Joint External Evaluations (JEEs) the gold standard in assessing how prepared countries are to find, stop and prevent epidemics. Epidemic preparedness experts explain why this is an important landmark.

July 10 - 12, 2019

Risk Communications for Epidemic Prevention

Our Prevent Epidemics team supported a WHO Risk Communication and Community Engagement Capacity Strengthening workshop with representatives from 6 countries in Abuja, Nigeria.

July 2 - 4, 2019

Training of Trainers in Ethiopia

With support from WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health, our Ethiopia team led a training of trainers on hypertension prevention and control in Addis Ababa