Cardiovascular diseases kill more people than
wars, AIDS and cancer combined
THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH WORLWIDE
HEATH & ECONOMY
Preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases means investing in the health, education, economy and development of a community.
It is the leading cause of mortality worldwide with 17.5 million deaths per year. The World Health Organization has noted that pediatric heart diseases are a greatly underestimated public health concern.
Cardiovascular diseases can lower the GDP of developing countries by up to 5% because of high health costs and premature deaths, with years of life lost.
ONE OF EVERY
One of every 100 children is born with a cardiac malformation, corresponding to one million children yearly.
93% of them do not have access to care and are condemned to experience the disease as a fatality. Most of them have never seen a doctor and must walk very long distances to reach the nearest medical center. More than half will not reach the age of 2.
In Africa, children with heart disease will have difficulty getting enough to eat or being able to grow. They represent a high cost and require time and attention from their parents. They quickly become a burden for their family. A heart operation will allow them to develop and work and will improve life for their entire family and the community for years.
A child who has been operated on
= A second chance at life
Children who have been operated on can continue to grow and develop, physically and mentally.
They can play with other children and contribute
to the development of human and social
They can go to school, learn how to read and count and perhaps study later on.
This will also give their parents more time to work and care for the rest of the family.
It means opening up a professional future and ensuring a place in society.
PREVENTION OF RISK FACTORS
The Heart Fund aims to protect
a vital organ: the heart
By lowering the prevalence of heart diseases in developing countries, The Heart Fund significantly decreases the rate of infantile mortality.
In underprivileged communities, the treatment of simple infections, information on disease symptoms and vitamin supplements for pregnant women are simple, low-cost ways to have an impact on this worldwide scourge.
exposure of pregnant women to teratogenic products
social conditions and poverty
nutritional elements for pregnant women
Prevention must be the cornerstone of the globalresponse to these diseases
— DR MARGARET CHAN —
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Each euro invested in the combat against heart disease has an impact on the resources of local populations and encourages the economic development of communities.
Even in the most disadvantaged areas, it has been shown that investing in the treatment of cardiovascular pathologies is very profitable. It allows major savings by reducing the costs of treatment, invalidity and premature death.
Preventing and treating heart disease transforms lives and communities at a relatively low cost.