WHO/Europe International Conference on Cardiovascular Diseases

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19–20 November 2015, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

The Conference, jointly organized by WHO/Europe together with the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, will bring together policy-makers, technical experts, patient and professional associations and other partners for CVDs and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Representatives of all 53 Member States of the WHO European Region are invited.

The Conference is an opportunity to share knowledge, experience, challenges and successes in implementing an essential package of interventions for the prevention and control of CVDs. It will assist Member States to achieve the global goal of a 25% relative reduction in the overall mortality from NCDs by focussing on:

  • preventing CVD by looking at its key trends, risk factors and determinants;
  • assessing CVD risk to improve the quality and coverage of detection and management;
  • improving outcomes for heart attacks and strokes including secondary prevention and rehabilitation; and
  • determining next steps by drawing on the achievements of the European Heart Health Charter and the WHO European NCD action plan 2012–2016, and highlighting key issues for consideration post-2016.

Every year, an estimated 17 million people globally die of CVD, particularly heart attacks and strokes. About 4.4 million of these deaths are in the Region making CVD the cause of more than half of all deaths across the Region.