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World Innovation Summit for Health

A Healthier World Through Global Collaboration

Cardiovascular Disease

The Cardiovascular Disease Forum will offer a brief overview of coronary heart disease, including its epidemiology, burden and pressure on healthcare systems, outlining the distinction between illness prevention and management of acquired risk factors. It will also outline innovations in strategies to ensure prevention, such as lifestyle choices and broader tobacco control, including the reduction of tobacco use and the impact of smoking bans in public places. Participants will hear a variety of potential policies and innovations that can be applied more broadly by policymakers from prevention to treatment.

During the Forum, experts will present ‘value pools,’ a collection of policies for improved outcomes and costs, using a wide range of global healthcare systems that have found success in utilizing the practice (among them, WHO’s mHealth NCD initiative in Senegal). A range of interventions — including policies, delivery and provider models and data and analytics — as well as actors, from payors to governments and companies, will be presented.

Forum Chair: Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Professor Srinath Reddy

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is currently President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. PHFI is engaged in capacity building in Public Health in India through education, training, research, policy development, health communication and advocacy.

He has served on many WHO expert panels and has been the President of the World Heart Federation (2013-14). He chaired the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human Rights Commission of India for several years and was a member of the first National Science and Engineering Research Board of Government of India. He recently chaired the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, set up by the Planning Commission of India. He has also served as the President of the National Board of Examinations which deals with post-graduate medical education in India.

Prof. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (, established to assist the United Nations in developing the post-2015 goals for sustainable development. He chairs the Thematic Group on Health in the SDSN. Prof. Reddy is a high level panel member on the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

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