Timeline

Coronavirus Shows Need for Investment in Epidemic Preparedness

President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden published on OpEd in the Washington Post calling for greater investment in global epidemic preparedness: “The world needs a massive investment to protect against the next health threat.”

Urging the food industry to stop use of deadly trans fat by 2023

We joined American Heart Association, NCD Alliance, and World Heart Federation to call on 41 of major food, fat, and oil industry players to commit to trans fat elimination by 2023.

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Call for healthy food procurement proposals!

Resolve to Save Lives and Vital Strategies are looking to partner with city, state/provincial, or national governments to develop, implement, and evaluate healthy food public procurement policies. More information here.

The good, the bad, and the ugly in global health in 2019

2019 saw both big advances and big setbacks for global health, President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden writes. Can 2020 mark the start of the healthiest decade ever?

Pass less salt and when you pass it, make it potassium salt

Would allowing salts in which some sodium has been replaced with potassium to be called “potassium salts” increase uptake in the US? President and CEO Dr. Thomas Frieden argues that it would, urging the FDA to change labelling regulations to make these heart-healthier salts more appealing to consumers.

Brazil passes best practice trans fat limits

The world’s fifth largest country announced regulations limiting the amount of artificial trans fat in the Brazilian food supply. Implementation will begin on July 1, 2021 and will culminate in a complete ban of partially hydrogenated oils effective January 1, 2023, in line with WHO’s target for global trans fat elimination. With support from our partner GHAI, the Brazilian Association of Nutrition (Asbran) built a strong coalition of advocates, engaged political decision-makers, and leveraged media to create a sense of urgency around the need for trans fat elimination.

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.

PreventEpidemics.org Launches in French

We launched a French-language version of PreventEpidemics.org, 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.