Artificial trans fats have no known health benefits and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Resolve to Save Lives partnered with the NCD Alliance to produce a video on the dangers of trans fats and what we need to do to eliminate them from the global food supply.
Yesterday, Resolve to Save Lives published an article with the Queen Mary University of London and World Action on Salt and Sugar, spotlighting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new targets for reducing sodium in processed foods. The delay in finalizing these targets may have cost more than 250,000 lives. If they are implemented quickly, we can prevent 400,000 deaths over the next decade.
Our team worked with the African Society for Laboratory Medicine and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen COVID-19 testing capacity across the African continent. An external quality assurance scheme ensured the tests were of high quality.
Dr. Renu Garg has joined Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) as Senior Vice President of Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Garg previously served as the World Health Organization Representative for Thailand and brings to RTSL more than three decades of experience implementing large-scale public health programs in low- and middle-income countries.
New report on COVID-19 in Africa shows widespread willingness to get vaccinated, underscoring need for consistent supply and additional logistical support
The fourth and final PERC report indicates that people in African Union Member States are overwhelmingly willing to get vaccinated. The report considers why global vaccination efforts have been plagued by inequity, as well as the logistical challenges to vaccinating the African continent. It further outlines the continued importance of preventive measures—particularly individual measures such as masking and social distancing—that minimize the social or economic harm that can occur when mobility, economic and social gathering restrictions are imposed.
Health Care Worker Profiles Spotlight the Human Impact of Strengthening Infection Prevention and Control
As the International Year of Health and Care Workers comes to a close, our team spotlights on-the-ground challenges and successes in promoting infection prevention and control through a series of health care worker profiles. The health care workers featured are from Last Mile Health and Jhpiego, two of our implementing partners for an emergency response initiative to improve health care worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The third annual progress report for the REPLACE initiative highlights global progress toward eliminating artificial trans fat. Read the report here.
Our team worked with a coalition including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization to improve Nigeria’s ability to test for yellow fever. Time to confirm yellow fever used to be over 30 days. Through systems strengthening, time to confirm fell to within 24 hours.
The Voices of Long COVID campaign launched in order to increase public awareness of long COVID and increase vaccine uptake, particularly among people ages 18-29. The campaign shows the real-life stories of three young COVID long-haulers who have been battling debilitating post-COVID health problems over the past year.
The Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 released results from its fourth survey on attitudes about public health and social measures as well as vaccination. The survey was fielded in 19 African Union Member States; read the country briefs here.
We published our step-by-step guide with resources and tools to help program managers scale up national hypertension programs in the Journal of Human Hypertension . Read the manuscript here.
The latest in-depth science review from our Prevent Epidemics team debunks the myth that the world is facing an imminent glut of vaccines and discusses barriers to global vaccination, including supply and equity. We have repeatedly squandered opportunities to better address supply shortages through technology transfer and the creation of additional production hubs.
The LINKS community launched the #BeatThePressure campaign to promote the adoption of the new WHO hypertension guideline, including strategies such as task sharing and affordable medications. Read more on what you can do to improve hypertension in your community.
Our COVID-19 Prevalence Calculator was cited in the New York Times. The tool uses the number of reported COVID-19 cases and deaths to provide a rough estimate of COVID-19 spread in a given region, and was recently used by the World Health Organization to analyze COVID-19 case counts on the African continent.
Our president and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden called for governments around the world to make low-sodium salts more accessible, citing a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that highlights the potential of low-sodium salts to prevent heart attack and stroke and save lives.
We joined the World Heart Federation in recognizing World Heart Day by highlighting evidence-based strategies to improve hypertension around the world. Our six-step guide outlines strategies such as simple protocols and patient-centered care, needed for creating successful hypertension programs in diverse country contexts.
When COVID-19 lockdowns hit India, many people with chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes, were left unable to get their prescriptions. The India Hypertension Control Initiative made door-to-door deliveries to ensure that patients didn’t miss doses of life-saving medication.
Real-time data to inform decision-making about maintaining health services in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our team worked with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and other organizations to provide monthly reports to health facilities in Nairobi, Kenya on how their tuberculosis and HIV services were operating. This stream of data and analysis helped facilities quickly adapt their programs to maintain these essential services.
The Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC) released a new tiered framework for decision-makers in Africa that uses indicators of disease spread to determine the appropriate level of PHSMs, inform targeted interventions and empower the public to stay safe by keeping people informed about the risk of COVID-19 in their area.