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.
Better Hearts Better Cities is working with or receiving support from:
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)