November 7, 2019 (NAIROBI) — The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) has been awarded a two-year LINKS grant to advocate for effective trans-fat regulations in Kenya.
ILA joins the second round of grant awardees from LINKS, an online community and resource-sharing platform that connects people working to improve cardiovascular health around the world. LINKS is coordinated by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the CDC Foundation.
“Cardiovascular disease causes 13% of deaths in Kenya,” said Emma Wanyonyi, CEO of IILA. “With this grant, we will be able to address the growing problem of diet-related risk factors, specifically the elimination of trans fat.”
Trans fats cause heart attack and stroke and were estimated to cause more than 540,000 deaths a year worldwide. A recent analysis concluded that elimination trans fats from the global food supply could save 17 million lives over 25 years.
“Cardiovascular disease kills more people each year than all infectious diseases combined, but it remains neglected by many health systems and the global health community,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives. “LINKS is catalyzing progress and building a global community of champions by supporting programs that target cardiovascular health in low- and middle-income countries, where most of these preventable deaths occur.”
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