Resolve Initiative Aims To Save 100M Lives By Reducing Global Burden Of Cardiovascular Disease, Preventing Epidemics
The Lancet: Saving an additional 100 million lives
Thomas R. Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve, and Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies
“…Despite being the leading cause of mortality and premature death, cardiovascular disease is largely preventable through simple, inexpensive, but underused actions. … Building on the recently released WHO Global Hearts Initiative, Resolve aims to accelerate progress, reduce heart attacks and strokes, and save 100 million lives. The Resolve initiative — housed at Vital Strategies, a global health non-profit organization — supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, and will provide support for global and national efforts to scale up focused and effective interventions. … For the cardiovascular health initiative described here and an associated initiative to prevent epidemics, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide a combined US$225 million in the coming five years. … Scientific progress, political leadership that has created successful programs in some countries, and dedicated health care professionals have laid the foundation for rapid progress against cardiovascular disease. The world is at a tipping point in its ability and resolve to save lives from this disease. Resolve will support key organizations and engage new partners to accelerate global and national action to save 100 million lives” (9/12).