Working Together to Shape UN Sustainable Development Goals The cardiovascular disease community has a rare opportunity over the next few months to convince international bodies to devote appropriate resources to curb the rise of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to a recently published statement from the Global Cardiovascular Disease Taskforce, which includes ACC Immediate Past President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, and ACC Past President William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC. With the United Nations (UN) poised to debate and decide its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015 and beyond, the statement calls for ensuring cardiovascular health is a focal point of the agency’s future development agenda. To date, more people die each year of cardiovascular disease than from any other single cause. In addition, estimates suggest that NCDs will cost $7 trillion (USD) globally between 2011 and 2025, with cardiovascular disease accounting for much of this expense. The Global Cardiovascular Disease Taskforce highlights its support for an overall SDG goal to “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.” As part of this goal, taskforce members highlight the importance of protecting individuals’ rights to health, regardless of financial situation; safeguarding affordable access to quality cardiovascular care; promoting a “life course approach” to good health and healthy behavior; and ensuring the World Health Organization’s 25x25 NCD targets are included in all national plans. Taskforce members note, however, that achieving these goals will require cooperation and collaboration across sectors and disciplines. “Now is the time to use our evidence-based science and advocacy capacity to ensure that health is at the heart of the forthcoming UN Global Development Agenda,” said Zoghbi, who is co-chair of the Global Cardiovascular Disease Taskforce. “As representatives of the cardiovascular disease community, we must lift our collective voices on behalf of the countless patients we serve, the survivors we hope to create, and the population at large.” Get to Know ACC Malaysia Chapter Governor Kui Hian Sim, MD, FACC In addition to a recent appointment as a Senator of the Parliament of Malaysia, Kui Hian Sim, MD, FACC, has also been named president of the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party, a political party in Malaysia. Aside from a busy political career, Sim was actively involved in the formation of the Malaysia Chapter of the ACC, of which he has been the Governor since its inception in 2009. Before he become involved in Malaysian politics, Sim was at the forefront in bringing cardiovascular advancements to Malaysia. He established a world class cardiac center in Sarawak, providing cardiac care to Malaysians and ridding the need to travel overseas. Soon after, the Clinical Research Centre, which Sim founded at the Sarawak General Hospital, became the pioneer for cardiac computed tomography, with a program that physicians worldwide benefitted from. Sim has used his tagline “Speak less, do more. Prove your sincerity by action,” to help grow the ACC Malaysia Chapter to 128 members. “The ACC’s commitment to Malaysia and Asia started in the 1970s, and the Malaysia Chapter was created through a partnership with the National Heart Association of Malaysia,” said Sim. “Since the establishment of the Chapter, there has been tremendous membership growth in Malaysia. With the significant increase in membership, we hope to be more active in pursuing and sharing in the objectives and purpose of the Chapter in coming years by providing clinical education opportunities, networking with colleagues in Malaysia, being the champion of the quality care initiatives, helping influence national legislative and regulatory efforts affecting our practice and our patients.”
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