The African Heart Network supports World Heart Day on 29 September – the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD).
In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer and claiming 17.5 million lives each year.
Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. Our aim is to spearhead action in Africa, to educate people about the need to adopt healthy lifestyle such as abstaining from tobacco use, eating healthy, regular physically activity and avoidance of harmful use of alcohol.
World Heart Day is a global event that aims at engaging individuals, families, communities, organizations and governments around the world in activities that promote their heart health and that of others. It has the power to unite all countries in Africa in the fight against CVD, and helps spearhead international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.