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Heart Failure Awareness Days

10–16 May 2021

Heart Failure

Heart Failure Awareness Days (HFAD) are held every year in May. Join your National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups to organise events to raise awareness about the importance of recognising heart failure symptoms early, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment.

Heart Failure Awareness Days 2021

Heart Failure Awareness Days has adapted within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several events have been developed by the HFA this year to focus on heart failure prevention and education:

  • The competition for the best national programmes is maintained, with digital activities encouraged. The prizes are grants/vouchers of €5,000 each, to be used for HFA Congress 2022 or other educational programmes.
    • National Heart Failure Societies are asked to send a summary of their HFAD activities to the HFA, which will be posted on The graders of the activities are members of the HFA Committee on Heart Failure National Societies/Working Groups. Winners will be recognised and awarded during HFA Summit 2021.
    • Deadline: Now closed (as of Tuesday, 15 June 2021) 
  • A poster competition is being held within the framework of patient education. Posters should aim to raise public awareness and educate patients about the importance of recognising heart failure symptoms early, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment. The HFA encourages posters to be produced in local languages, but to be considered for the competition, they will also need to be submitted in English. They will be posted on the HFA webpage.
  • The HFA invited all Presidents of National HF Societies to an online event, entitled “Fighting Heart Failure through Education”. Focused on education, the event took place on Wednesday, 12 May. The programme mainly consisted of discussion of the results of a recent HFA survey about new educational initiatives.

A new Heart Failure Awareness Days logo is available to download for use in promotional materials.

  Download the HFAD logo (JPG)

Discover and download already received reports/posters of Heart Failure Awareness Days 2021


Czech Republic:

The Netherlands:








United Kingdom:

Discover past Heart Failure Awareness Days 

Reports from Heart Failure Awareness Days 2019

Vilnius King Mindaugas bridge

Lithuania crowd


2019 Award Winners

  • Best campaign over all: Italy, France, Slovak Republic
  • Best innovative initiative: Belarus
  • Best media coverage: Cyprus
  • Best newcomer: Syria
  • Best animated public event: Lithuania, Lebanon
  • Best outdoor activities: Greece
  • Best open house/ clinic: Germany, Russia
  • Most patients involved: Hungary, Egypt

What you could do

  • Lectures to patients, their relatives and to the public about heart failure
  • Open house in hospitals, show heart failure clinics, diagnostic tools and more
  • Offer blood pressure measurements (important when discussing heart failure)
  • Arranging competitions, questionnaires, quizzes etc
  • Panel debates with influential, decision-making people
  • Inform press, radio and television in advance about activities
  • Share on social media, join the conversation on Twitter, make Facebook posts

Each country can participate in an award for the best programme. Winning national heart failure societies receive prize money from the HFA and certificates at the HFA Summit in October. Winning programme (all programmes are judged together in one country) show outstanding commitment to the event and illustrate the best preparation and organisation in stated categories (see above).

If you want to get involved, contact the HFA: or your Heart Failure Working Group

Gold Award for Awareness

Due to the consistant high quality of their Awareness Days programme, Germany was awarded the first Gold Award for Heart Failure Awareness during the Inaugural Ceremony of Heart Failure 2016 in Florence. Subsequently, Lithuania received the Gold Award in 2017 during the Inaugural Ceremony of Heart Failure 2017 in Paris. 



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