Better Hearts Better Cities is a Novartis Foundation initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban populations. It 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 was implemented in three cities – Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Dakar in Senegal. In each city, it built networks of partners that reached beyond the health sector. Partners 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 integrated complementary capabilities and resources to tackle hypertension from health literacy and lifestyle choices, to prevention, screening, diagnosis and patient management.
The initiative worked. In Ulaanbaatar, Better Hearts Better Cities transformed primary healthcare in the city, resulting in 96% of hypertension patients being treated for the condition, while blood pressure control tripled in São Paulo and increased eight-fold in Dakar. This is important because controlling blood pressure significantly reduces the risk for acute events such as strokes or heart attacks. In fact, in Dakar, the preliminary results indicated a 20% reduction in strokes and coronary heart disease during the two years of program implementation.
American Heart Association
Business Performance Institute (BPI)
IQVIA (contract to be finalized)
Leandro de Itaquera Samba School
Marcio Atalla & Agência We
Mongolian Public Health Professionals’ Association (MPHPA
Ministère de la Sante et de l’Action Sociale, Sénégal
Secretary of Education of the City of São Paulo
Secretary of Health of the City of São Paulo
Sociedade de Cardiologia do Estado de São Paulo (SOCESP)