Better Hearts Better Cities is a Novartis Foundation initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban populations. Better Hearts Better Cities seeks to achieve this through a multisector approach addressing hypertension and its underlying risk factors in a sustainable way at scale.
Better Hearts Better Cities builds networks of partners, reaching beyond the health sector. Partners can include healthcare providers but also digital and telecommunication organizations, food suppliers, employers, insurance funds, social enterprises and civil societies. Made up of both public and private organizations, these networks operate globally and at the local level.
This multisector approach aims to integrate complementary capabilities and resources to tackle hypertension from health literacy and lifestyle choices, to prevention, screening, diagnosis and patient management.
Three cities have been selected across three continents to demonstrate how interventions can best be designed and implemented following the initiative’s integrated, multisector approach. Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Dakar in Senegal were selected as the first wave of cities, based on high unmet cardiovascular health needs and the strong commitment of local authorities to improve cardiovascular health. These first cities aim to establish conditions for the successful integration of Better Hearts Better Cities in other cities worldwide.
Through its focus on hypertension, Better Hearts Better Cities aspires to reimagine the way chronic diseases can be prevented and managed, as an example that can be applied to other noncommunicable diseases.
Our global partners on the Better Hearts Better Cities initiative include Intel, NCD Alliance, CDC Foundation, Business Performance Institute (BPI) and the American Heart Association. We are also working with local implementation partners including PATH, IntraHealth International, the Onom Foundation and Instituto Tellus.