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Timeline

June 24 - 27, 2019

Advancing Trans Fat Elimination in the Eastern Mediterranean

We teamed up with WHO and WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to help governments in the Eastern Mediterranean identify trans fat elimination policy options that work for their national contexts and identify next steps for action

June 18 - 20, 2019

Global Health Security 2019 Conference in Sydney

Our Prevent Epidemics team highlighted the critical role of politics and social constructs in causing—and preventing—epidemics at the Global Health Security 2019 conference in Sydney, Australia.

PreventEpidemics.org - From Data to Action

The site has a new look and new tools to help move from data to action on epidemic preparedness. Check out our new interactive maps, flight patterns displayed with the preparedness of their final destination and useful tools for advocacy.

Shandong Hypertension Management Initiative

Our partners kicked off the Shandong Hypertension Management Initiative, a three year program to improve blood pressure control rates in Shandong, a province in eastern China.

Global Health Forum of the Boao Forum for Asia

We joined public health leaders from around the world in Qingdao, China, where we discussed how hypertension management can be a path finder for universal health coverage.

How to Save 100 Million Lives Through Improved Heart Health

A new study in the journal Circulation reports nearly 100 million lives could be saved by increasing the number of people around the world treated for high blood pressure, reducing salt intake and eliminating trans fat from the global food supply.

The Not-Flashy, Essential Part of Outbreak Preparedness and Response

When an outbreak hits, how do we immediately get the Ministry of Health, an animal health specialist, a communications expert and a laboratory sample transporter on the same page? Senior Vice President Amanda McClelland argues that program management is the key to epidemic preparedness in Global Health Now.

There’s a limited window to make America safer from epidemics

President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden joined Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in calling on the World Bank to dedicate $1 billion per year over three years to epidemic preparedness.

Meet the Program Management for Epidemic Preparedness (PMEP) class

We're excited to introduce our first class of PMEP trainees — the epidemic preparedness leaders of tomorrow. Learn more about them...

Why it's time for a total ban on trans fat – the 'tobacco of nutrition'

President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden called for action on trans fat elimination from national, regional, global, and food industry leaders in The Telegraph.

New resources in the fight against trans fat

We supported WHO to develop materials for the REPLACE action packages, including 6 practical implementation modules and the first progress report on global trans fat elimination.

May 20 - 28, 2019

World Health Assembly in Geneva

We participated in the 72nd World Health Assembly, where we highlighted the global importance of cardiovascular health and epidemic preparedness and co-hosted the launch of new WHO resources on trans fat elimination, a training for advocates of trans fat bans, and a learning lab on hypertension.

Prioritizing the Contingency Fund for health emergencies in Uganda

At a meeting on improving health security hosted by the Ministry of Health in Uganda, our team agreed to work with other legal stakeholders to prioritize the Contingencies Fund for Emergencies.

Engaging industry on trans fat elimination

Along with NCD Alliance, American Heart Association, and World Heart Federation, we added our voice to the WHO’s call for industry to replace artificial trans fat by directly calling on dozens of major food, fat, and oil industry players to commit to elimination by 2023.

Improving Ebola virus disease outbreak preparedness

Our team worked with experts in Kampala, Uganda to create a strategic plan for engaging partners in DRC and other countries at high risk for Ebola transmission.

Practical treatment protocols improve hypertension management

We published a statement with the World Hypertension League on the benefits of a practical treatment protocol for global hypertension management.

Tracking implementation of Nigeria’s National Action Plan for Health Security

We helped design and implement a free, user-friendly tool to help officials from 13 different organizations within the Nigerian government to coordinate their National Action Plan for Health Security.

Assessing Yellow Fever preparedness in Nigeria

As part of our collaboration with the National Center for Disease Control, laboratory network consultant Celestina Obiekea conducted an assessment of yellow fever diagnosis capacity in laboratories in Nigeria.

Supporting Vietnam’s national hypertension program

Members of our cardiovascular health team visited and gave feedback to health care facilities implementing the national hypertension program in Vietnam.

Salt reduction in Chinese schools

Our nutrition team traveled to China to learn about a healthy canteen initiative in primary and middle schools in Shandong province.