THE World Heart Federation (WHF) is engaging experts to highlight heart-health at the centre of global development, that includes Zambia, says WHF campaigns and communications manager Léna Lagier-Hässig.
Ms Lagier-Hässig said the federation was coming up with World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health 2016 (WCC 2016) in the next three months in Mexico, which would bring together the world’s researchers, policymakers and health leaders to position heart-health at the centre of global development.
She said eminent scientists and key opinion leaders from Africa had already confirmed to speak about particular challenges heart disease poses to the region, adding that the event would also include the media with active interest in health and cardiovascular disease reporting.
Ms Lagier-Hässig explained that cardiovascular disease (CVD) was the number one cause of death worldwide, and over 80 percent of those deaths occurred in low and middle income countries, including those in Africa.
She said everyone had the right to make positive healthy heart choices wherever they live, work and play.
“This event will represents a real opportunity to be one of the first to report on the latest cutting edge research and innovation in heart-health, as well as raise one’s own profile by leading the media agenda on the topic,” she said.
Ms Lagier-Hässig said the global community must ensure the right to heart-healthy environments so that people around the world could have the opportunity to make healthy-heart choices.
She said the event would unite people from many countries and backgrounds in the fight against cardiovascular diseases and drive international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
She said that cardiovascular disease and stroke were the world’s number one killer.
She said there were real opportunities to deliver initiatives which could make such a difference to people’s heart health.
Ms Lagier-Hässig said WHF wanted people around the world to have access to heart-healthy choices that reduced their risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke.