What are Roadmaps?
A Roadmap is a framework to identify roadblocks and suggest potential solutions covering a large range of potential issues on the way to 25 by 25. WHF Roadmaps have been developed by experts from all continents to detect the problems and offer solutions on specific topics impacting cardiovascular mortality – currently secondary prevention, raised blood pressure, tobacco control, Rheumatic Heart Disease and Atrial Fibrillation.
WHF Roadmaps can serve as models for regions and countries to develop their own Roadmap, and create or update their national non-communicable disease (NCD) action plans. They offer a framework to bring together stakeholders with the objective of determining, prioritizing and implementing solutions to reduce premature CVD deaths in a specific context, in a collaborative and consultative approach.
Who can use the Roadmaps?
Roadmaps can offer a framework for governments, NGOs, health activists, healthcare professionals and many others to trigger action to reduce cardiovascular premature mortality in their country.
With a collaborative approach in mind, they can involve health advocates, corporations, academic and research institutions, policy makers, healthcare professionals, patients etc.
Which topics are covered by the Roadmaps?
The WHF Roadmaps focus on topics aligned with three of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan targets for non-communicable diseases:
- Secondary prevention (to address the target “Prevent heart attack and stroke through drug therapy and counselling for at least 50 percent of eligible populations”).
- Tobacco control (to address the target “Reduce tobacco prevalence by 30 percent”).
- Raised blood pressure (to address the target “Reduce raised blood pressure prevalence by 25 percent”).
- Atrial Fibrillation (designed to tackle Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation).
- Rheumatic Heart Disease (designed to reduce Cardiovascular Morbidity & Mortality through Prevention & Control of RHD).
These topics have been identified on the basis that they can potentially make the biggest impact on premature mortality by 2025.
The World Heart Federation is currently working on a Roadmap on cholesterol.
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