Timeline

Highlighting the importance of health care workers

The May 2021 edition of the International Journal of Health Planning and Management included an article written by the Prevent Epidemics team on our report, Protecting Health Care Workers: A Need for Urgent Action, and featured artwork from the report as the cover image.

To prevent a catastrophic third wave of COVID-19 in Africa, look at data to drive the response

Senior Vice President of our Prevent Epidemics team, Amanda McClelland, coauthored an OpEd for CNBC Africa with Dr. Richard Mihigo of the World Health Organization about key findings and recommendations from the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 .

Taming the World’s Leading Killer: High Blood Pressure

Our President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released an OpEd on CNN about the urgent need to address high blood pressure and what we can do to stop this killer: lower daily salt consumption and promote proper treatment and medications.

Protecting, safeguarding and investing in the health and care workforce

The World Health Assembly passed a resolution, Protecting, safeguarding and investing in the health and care workforce , calling for countries to improve data collection in tracking health and care workers’ morbidity and mortality. Ethiopia led advocacy efforts, which we supported in our January report, Protecting Health Care Workers: A Need for Urgent Action .

COVID-19 in Africa: Are reported cases and deaths only the eyes of the hippo?

Though 17% of the world’s population resides in Africa, it has reported less than 3% of global COVID-19 cases and less than 4% of deaths. Our latest In-Depth Science Review explores underreported cases and deaths in Africa.

Statement by Dr. Tom Frieden on the Biden Administration’s Announcement to Donate COVID-19 Vaccines

The Biden Administration announced it will share 80 million vaccine doses for the global vaccination effort. Dr. Tom Frieden said that not only is this another step towards ending the Covid pandemic, but it’s crucial these vaccines are used strategically and, “directed toward people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, particularly health workers and people 60 and over.”

New lives saved calculator models the impact of cardiovascular health interventions

On World Hypertension Day, we launched a new tool with the University of Washington to help policymakers, advocates and health experts visualize how millions more lives can be saved when countries adopt evidence-based hypertension prevention and treatment policies. The new tool models the number of lives that could be saved by the year 2040 when hypertension control and lower salt consumption goals are reached.

New report on COVID-19 in Africa shows impact of COVID-19 on African continent has been underestimated

A new PERC report highlights urgent strategic action in Africa is needed as new COVID-19 variants appear and supply and rollout of vaccines remain critically low. The report calls for targeted public health and social measures, increased surveillance and scaled-up vaccine supply from the global community.

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.

 
 

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