G’Day from Australia! Each year, the American Heart Association trains more than 14.5 million people around the world in CPR, first aid and advanced cardiovascular care. In addition to the domestic conferences we attend, we work tirelessly to spread our AHA mission to our international audience as well. One of the highlights at the World Congress of Cardiology meeting in Melbourne this past weekend was the spotlight Hands-Only™ CPR live action training at the American Heart Association booth. We’re thrilled that approximately 600 scientific and healthcare thought leaders from around the world participated in this training experience and received a CPR Anytime® kit to take back to their hometown.
The AHA is a founding member of the World Heart Federation, the host of the biennial meeting. A significant focus of the meeting was around the recently established WHO goal of reducing non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease accounts for more than 60% of these NCD deaths, meaning the work we do has an extraordinary impact everywhere to help save lives. The international team is working hard to extend the mission globally via advocacy efforts, science and research collaboration and sharing programs like Hands-Only CPR in more countries. As we work hard to achieve our 2020 Impact Goal, remember that our collective effort each day matters – you’re helping to save lives!
Thanks for all you do on behalf of our lifesaving mission!