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.
Our President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released a statement encouraging countries to demonstrate their commitment to ending preventable deaths from high blood pressure by adopting and implementing WHO’s new “ Guideline for the pharmacological treatment of hypertension in adults ”.
The latest in-depth science review from our Prevent Epidemics team considers the evidence on additional COVID-19 vaccines for people with certain immunocompromising conditions. An additional dose of mRNA vaccine has been shown to boost antibody responses in some of this population and may provide better protection from the virus.
As our President and CEO Dr Tom Frieden writes in the Wall Street Journal, Covid cases are up dramatically, but simple protective measures can still control the disease if we deploy them flexibly. In the long run, Covid may help us to recognize that many deadly and expensive health threats are optional. We can choose to adopt programs and policies that can relegate to history many of the infections and conditions that today drive up health care costs and drive down productivity and life expectancy.
Resolve to Save Lives awarded grants to Advocacy Center ‘LIFE’, Nepal Heart Foundation, and Village Health Action for trans fat elimination advocacy projects in Ukraine, Nepal and Burundi. The new grantees will support life-saving policies by collaborating with ministries of health, offering technical guidance, and leading public awareness campaigns.
The COVID-19 pandemic rattled supply chains across the world. When the virus hit Nigeria, the country lacked many lifesaving health supplies to combat the virus. Working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, our team worked to make the country’s supply chain system adaptable and resilient enough to handle the pandemic.
The latest in-depth science review from our Prevent Epidemics team discusses the hidden toll the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the mental health of public health workers across the world. It also identifies strategies to prevent or reduce these harms—both on the public health workforce and on health care workers.
Quezon City became the first city in the Philippines to offer only food options that are low in salt and free from trans fats in its public institutions, departments and offices. Resolve grantee ImagineLaw successfully advocated for the food procurement policy, which establishes nutritional standards for foods served and sold in public settings.
While the cost of COVID-19 in the United States could top $16 trillion before we’re able to get it under control, funding for the American Jobs Plan may be cut from $30 to $5 billion. In The Hill, we discuss the need for a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package that will prevent the next pandemic and fill gaps in public health programs.
On July 20, best practice regulations eliminating trans fat went into effect in the Philippines. Our president and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released a statement on growing global momentum for trans fat elimination and how this important policy step will save money, promote health equity and build regulatory systems that can improve food safety.
The latest in-depth science review from our Prevent Epidemics team makes the case for reopening K-12 schools for in-person learning provided they use a series of layered mitigation strategies to keep students and staff safe.
7-1-7: an organizing principle, target, and accountability metric to make the world safer from pandemics
In a new publication in The Lancet, our team has outlined a novel global 7-1-7 target: identify the outbreak within 7 days of emergence, report to public health officials within 1 day, and effectively respond within 7. We are at a now-or-never moment to improve global readiness against the next disease threat.