Diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are global epidemics. They are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly affecting people in low- and middle-income countries. CVD is a leading cause of death and disability in people with diabetes , who are up to three times more likely to have CVD.
On occasion of the 72nd World Health Assembly, the World Heart Federation (WHF) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) organised a side event called "Joining forces to fight CVD in people living with diabetes: pathways to solutions".
The event took place in Geneva on the 22th May 2019, and focused on how to decrease CVD-related premature mortality among people with diabetes and the role of Universal Health Coverage in achieving this. Event panellists included:
Dr Larry Sperling, Katz Professor in Preventive Cardiology and Director of the Emory Heart Disease Prevention Center
Ms Stela Prgomelja, Vice-President of the Serbian Diabetes Association and member of IDF Blue Circle Voices
Dr Brett Giroir, US Assistant Secretary of Health
Mr Veli Auvinen, Economist, Finnish Ministry of Economy
Dr Cherian Varghese, WHO NCD Management Coordinator