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Promoting Cardiovascular Health

Nearly 18 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease, despite the availability of affordable and effective prevention and treatment. Bloomberg Philanthropies is tackling this global crisis to help prevent as many of these deaths as possible, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries where the majority of deaths occur.

Resolve to Save Lives


Resolve to Save Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative is a global public health initiative that helps governments and civil society implement scalable, proven strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease. The Initiative is focused on three elements: improving treatment of high blood pressure, reducing sodium intake, and eliminating artificial trans fats.

In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation committed $225 million to support Resolve to Save Lives.

The Resolve to Save Lives Initiative is focused on three elements, all of which are currently neglected:

  • Improved treatment of high blood pressure: High blood pressure kills over 10 million people annually — more than all infectious diseases combined. Treatment is low-cost, simple, and can be implemented by existing health programs, with funding derived from governments and other sources.
  • Elimination of artificial trans fat: Artificial trans fat, a toxic food additive that increases the risk of heart attack and death, can be eliminated through regulatory action without changing the taste or increasing the cost of food.
  • Sodium reduction: High sodium intake raises blood pressure, resulting in increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Reducing its presence in food will save lives and money and can be accomplished through consumer education, collaboration with the food industry, and government guidance.

The Resolve to Save Lives Initiative provides catalytic funding to countries interested in improving epidemic preparedness or heart health. It also makes available the world’s leading technical experts in these fields to situations requiring immediate practical support.

Resolve to Save Lives works with global partners including: World Health Organization, CDC Foundation, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Bank, Vital Strategies. Its national partners include: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Beijing Lisheng Cardiovascular Health Foundation (BLCHF), African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), PATH, and the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh.

Resolve to Save Lives’ field visit to observe hypertension in Thailand. Biel Calderon/Resolve to Save Lives

Top photo: Bloomberg Philanthropies is tackling cardiovascular disease to help prevent as many deaths as possible, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries where the majority of deaths occur. Photo credit: Shutterstock