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2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health

Accelerating progress and driving action to benefit global health

The World Heart Federation 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore on 12 and 13 July 2017 in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology, the Asia-Pacific Heart Network and the Singapore Heart Foundation.

The Summit brought together policymakers and leading thinkers and influencers in health, science and industry to share their insights and strategies to address the question:

How can we create a greater sense of urgency when we’re dealing with the world’s number one killer?

Heart disease and stroke remain the world’s foremost causes of premature death, despite being largely preventable through the mitigation of known risk factors. Diseases of the circulatory system are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, where over 80% of premature deaths due to heart disease and stroke occur and where rheumatic heart disease continues to exact a vast health burden on the people that can least afford it. Without swift adoption of prevention and intervention strategies, current trends indicate increased global death and disability from preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The cardiovascular disease (CVD) community and multisectoral partners need to come together to reframe outreach strategies, communication techniques and tools for action in order to raise the priority status of CVD on national and global agendas.

The Global Summit is a forum where politicians, policy-makers, and organizational leaders can engage to foster a renewed sense of urgency, accelerate progress and help to galvanise community action.

Through an interactive programme pairing open discussion in plenary sessions with focused workshops, the Summit aimed to pinpoint both the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of action needed to improve circulatory health.

Three workshop sessions were thematically focused and delegates participated in the workshop that best corresponded to their interests.

The workshop sessions fed directly into the plenary sessions to provide a synopsis of agreed action points and commitments, and foster dialogue between all participants.

The programme of the Summit was organized around three key themes:

1. Knowledge Exchange (National CVD Action Plans/ Access to essential and affordable medicines and technologies / Funding the CVD Fight)

2. Tools for Action (WHO Global HEARTS Package and WHF Roadmaps / Enabling technologies to promote cardiovascular health / Promoting Healthy Cities and Physical Activity)

3. Effective Outreach (Political Advocacy / Communication challenge: Reframing common messaging  / Building a civil society movement including the patient voice)

Please find the programme outline here.

The Summit programme is supported, in part, by an independent grant from Pfizer Inc

Manuel Arango

Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation

Samira Asma

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Álvaro Avezu

Director, Research Division, Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology

Tran Quoc Bao

Head, Division of Non-Communicable Disease Control and School Health, General Department of Preventive Medicine, Viet Nam Ministry of Health

Simon Baptist

Economist Intelligence Unit

Douglas Bettcher

Director, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization

Michael Bloomberg

WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City (video address)

Truong Bui

Communities for Healthy Hearts, PATH

Fiona Bull

Program Manager, Surveillance & Population Based Prevention, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization

Susan Capps


Beatriz Champagne

InterAmerican Heart Foundation

Clara Chow

The George Institute

Katie Dain

Executive Director, NCD Alliance

Mike Daube

Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Mohammad Daud

Director, PHC Revitalization Division, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Nepal

Tony Duncan

Heart Foundation of New Zealand

Habib Gamra

African Heart Network

Simon Gillespie

Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation

Rohan Greenland

President, Asia-Pacific Heart Network

Werner Hacke

President, World Stroke Organization

Laksmiati Hanafia

Indonesia Heart Foundation

Richard Hobbs

World Organization of Family Doctors

Richard Horton

Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Floris Italianer

CEO, Dutch Heart Foundation

Etienne Krug

Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization

Li Choo Kwek-Perroy


Daniel Lackland

President, World Hypertension League

Susanne Logstrup

European Heart Network

Dolores Manese

Ministry of Health, Philippines

Helen McGuire

Program Leader, Noncommunicable Diseases, PATH

John Meiners

Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses, American Heart Association (AHA)

Michael Moore

World Federation of Public Health Associations

Gerald Mutungi

Ministry of Health, Uganda

Jagat Narula

Chief of Cardiology, St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospital of Mount Sinai

Yih Yng Ng

Singapore Civil Defense Force – MyResponder App

Sania Nishtar


Loise Nyanjau

Ministry of Health, Kenya

Oyere Onuma

Medical Officer, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO

Sze Yunn Pang

Director, Hospital to Home, Philips

Fausto Pinto

European Society of Cardiology

Rajakanth Raman

Rainbow Across Borders

Shaukat Sadikot

International Diabetes Federation

S. Subramaniam Sathasivam

Minister of Health, Malaysia

Kui Han Sim

Minister, Cabinet of Sarawak, Malaysia

Sandhya Singh

Ministry of Health, South Africa

Karen Sliwa-Hahnle

Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa

David Stewart

International Council of Nurses

Jack Tan

Chair, Organizing Committee, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2017

Chee Hong Tat

Ministry of Health, Singapore

Kathryn Taubert

Vice President, International Science and Health Strategies, American Heart Association (AHA)

Hung Yong Tay

Singapore Heart Foundation

Maciej Tomaszewski

International Society of Hypertension

Gene Tsoi

World Organization of Family Doctors

Durhane Wong-Reiger

President & CEO, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

Amit Yadav

HRIDAY/ Public Health Foundation of India

Shizuya Yamashita

International Atherosclerosis Society

Salim Yusuf

Executive Director, Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University

The Summit was an ideal forum to mobilize civil society and where politicians, policy-makers, and organizational leaders could engage on topics at the forefront of circulatory health.

The programme of the Summit allowed participants to:

• Interact both within and outside of sessions with participants from organizations that are working towards the same goals

• Learn about new developments in heart health policy while exchanging knowledge and experience

• Showcase their work while also highlighting areas that need continued and collective action

• Identify areas for potential partnerships by meeting organizations that are working towards similar goals

• Develop strategies to advocate for national CVD plans and discuss successful policies to tackle risk factors for CVD

• Explore how tools such as the WHF Roadmaps and WHO HEARTS package can help achieve their goals

• Contribute in shaping the priorities and common messages going into the UN HLM on NCDs in September 2018

In addition to invited participants, a number of places were available for high-level leadership from among:

• Ministries of Health

• National policy makers

• WHF Partners and Members

• International and non-governmental organizations

• Private sector organizations

• Academia

The World Heart Federation would like to thank its Partners in their commitment to supporting the World Heart Federation 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health.