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Global Heart Failure Awareness Programme

Building a common approach across and beyond Europe to raising heart failure awareness amongst targeted audiences

On 24 October 2015, during the HFA Summit, members of the Heart Failure Association Board and national Heart Failure Working Group Presidents signed a declaration designed to unanimously adopt a Call For Action in support of the HFA's Global Heart Failure Awareness Programme.

HFA Declaration 205

The HFA, the world’s largest Heart Failure organisation and Heart Failure Working Groups from National Cardiac Societies join forces to recommend united action, and declare that they believe that the global burden of heart failure is huge, and cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged. Preventing Heart Failure must become a strategic health priority for each and every country

Consult the HFA White Paper "Heart failure: Preventing disease and death worldwide".

The White Paper aims to demonstrate the burden of the disease with a clear Call to Action which includes the establishment of a systematic approach to identifying target groups at risk from Heart Failure and appropriate prevention and treatment modalities which could serve as the basis for future international guidelines.

It has been distributed and presented to National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups worldwide at the Endorsement Meeting that took place in Athens on 16 May 2014.

48 national heart failure working groups have endorsed the White Paper

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Belorussia
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chinese Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldavia
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Serbia
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Why a Heart Failure Global Awareness Programme is needed

Listen to Prof Petar Seferovic (Belgrade, RS) and Prof Piotr Ponikowski (Wroslaw, PL) discussing the aims and challenges of the Heart Failure Global Awareness Programme.


The complexity of the Heart Failure syndrome represents a major obstacle to adequate identification and diagnosis of untreated patients. But this also thwarts understanding of heart failure among politicians and the general public.

Heart Failure awareness among healthcare professionals and non-medics is poor across the globe, in contrast to the recognition of cancer which is related to the global campaign oncologists have been conducting for some time.

The publication of the 'Acute Heart Failure Report - Improving Care for Patients with Acute Heart Failure'. The recommendations contained in this report have been endorsed and adopted by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology as part of their Global Heart Failure Awareness Programme.

Endorsement meeting: 16 May 2014 - Programme and slides

Read the meeting report