Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have launched a new $225 million global health initiative that aims to save more than 100 million lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes and helping countries close life-threatening gaps in epidemic preparedness and response. The initiative, dubbed Resolve, will be implemented by a team of global health experts at Vital Strategies, a New York–based global health organization that works in more than 60 countries.

In addition to the support and technical assistance to be provided by Vital Strategies, Resolve will support and work closely with the World Health Organization, the Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The World Bank and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The Resolve initiative consists of two programs: Resolve—To Save 100 Million Lives and Resolve—To Prevent Epidemics. Across both programs, the Resolve initiative will employ best practice approaches to monitoring the extent of the problem and progress made, improving the global evidence base and providing examples for other countries to follow, amplifying the overall impact of the project, organizers said.

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