Timeline

New Global Sodium Benchmarks for Different Food Categories

We supported the launch of WHO's new Global Sodium Benchmarks for Different Food Categories . The benchmarks are a guide for countries and industry to reduce the sodium content in 18 categories of processed foods, which are a primary or rapidly increasing source of sodium in many countries. This is an important step toward meeting WHO's goal of 30% reduction in global salt/sodium intake by 2025.

Epidemics That Didn’t Happen

Our report features eight inspiring stories of Epidemics That Didn’t Happen, or whose impact was lessened, because of planning and action. As the world continues efforts to better prepare for the next disease threat, these stories serve as a reminder that we can do better.

Senegal makes the case for investing in epidemic preparedness and response

Learn how health leaders in Senegal developed a feasibility study that made the case for investing US $10.5 million in health emergency and crisis management over five years.

Former CDC chief: Think diners, dentists and dollar stores. Make COVID vaccines easy to get.

Dr. Tom Frieden releases an OpEd in USA Today on the necessity of making COVID vaccines more readily available. Frieden discusses the importance of strategic vaccination, reaching those where transmission is highest, to truly stop the spread of COVID and prevent many more deaths.

How genomic surveillance helps us understand SARS-CoV-2

In a Weekly Science Review, our Prevent Epidemics team discusses how genomic surveillance is used to study the COVID-19 virus and answers some of the most pressing questions about the pandemic.

New research shows impact of heart disease prevention in low- and middle-income settings

The latest Journal of Clinical Hypertension features new research on programs supported by Resolve to Save Lives in Thailand, India and Latin America. These studies highlight creative and scalable patient-facing programs and public health solutions to improve heart health in lower- and middle- income countries.

​Request for Proposals Open – Trans Fat Advocacy Mini Grants

We announced our request for proposals for advocacy activities to accelerate best-practice trans fat elimination policies, including engagement with policy makers and influencers. Proposals are due May 20th. Download the complete Request for Proposals here.

​Statement from Dr. Tom Frieden on Global Trans Fat Elimination Progress

On April 1, regulations banning artificial trans fat in food products went into effect in the European Union, bringing the global number of people protected by best practice trans fat elimination policies to 2.9 billion. Our President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released a statement on the growing momentum for eliminating artificial trans fats and how this important policy step will build resilient, healthy populations.

New Online Course on Global Sodium Reduction Strategies

Johns Hopkins University launched a free online course that connects program managers and policy makers with evidence-based strategies and practical tools to implement salt reduction initiatives, including promotion of low-sodium salt and public procurement policies, in their communities.

Why Even Well Prepared Countries Failed the Pandemic Test

In 2016, the WHO created the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess a country’s level of preparedness in meeting its obligations under the International Health Regulations. Though the United States and the United Kingdom scored highly, neither of these countries have responded successfully to COVID-19. Dr. Tom Frieden speaks on how bad politics can undermine good public health.

India's National Low Salt Cooking Challenge

The Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI), India held a National Low Salt Cooking Challenge, a virtual cooking competition with more than 200 participants from different regions of the country. Each team prepared one complete meal using less salt, without compromising the taste and flavor of the food.

Sri Lanka Ministry of Health announces new hypertension management program

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health announced a new program to improve access and affordability of health services to address high blood pressure and heart disease. The program will use a patient-centered model of care and will also address high sodium consumption – a risk factor that increases the chance of high blood pressure and heart disease-related illness.

Salt Awareness Week 2021

For this year’s Salt Awareness Week, we partnered with World Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (WASSH) on a joint webinar highlighting successful salt reduction initiatives from grantee partners in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Morocco.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

From training health workers in Liberia to addressing hypertension in India, women are working to create a healthier, more equal world. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate their achievements.

Leveraging legal advancements to slow COVID-19 in Togo

The Togolese government’s strong legal foundation has aided in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. “People should not have to choose between death by COVID-19 or by hunger,” said President Faure Gnassingbé. Read more about The Republic of Togo’s educational, financial and medical support during the pandemic. educational, financial and medical support during the pandemic.

Now or Never

On February 25, 2020, Resolve to Save Lives predicted that a COVID-19 pandemic was inevitable. In his Annual Letter, President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden writes how simplicity, speed, and scale have defined Resolve to Save Lives’ response to COVID-19 and our fight against cardiovascular disease. Read to learn more about how the world can learn from the lessons of 2020 to build back healthier in 2021 and beyond.

How to Become the Public Health President

Our new Health Affairs article outlines three urgent steps President Joe Biden will need to take to become America’s public health president. First, strengthen the public health systems; second, put more focus into preventative health care; and third, promote healthy behavior by making healthy options more readily accessible, and preventing future diseases.

Mass media campaign on salt reduction launched in Ethiopia

A new mass media campaign targeting high salt consumption and promoting healthy diets launched in Ethiopia, and will be shown on television, heard on radio and seen on social media for the next month. This is the first evidence-based behavior change campaign that Resolve to Save Lives has supported in Ethiopia to reduce high intake of salt through public education and community-based interventions.

Dr. Tom Frieden joins U.S. News Instagram Live to talk COVID-19 Vaccine

Resolve to Save Lives President Dr. Tom Frieden joined U.S. News and World Report Health Editor in an Instagram Live to discuss what you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine and the latest COVID-19 updates. “The more of us that are vaccinated,” Frieden says, “the safer we will be.”

Will We Be Ready for the Next Pandemic?

If the world wasn’t prepared for COVID-19, how can we prepare for the next pandemic? President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, Dr. Tom Frieden, proposes six urgent steps: 1) Set a goal for early warning and response 2) Bolster the capacity of countries to prepare and respond 3) Let global institutions focus on what they do best 4) Get buy-in from wealthier countries and major philanthropies 5) Persuade the world to respond globally and address dangerous gaps. 6) Don’t wait.