The European Heart Failure Mission aims to secure political recognition and investment for heart failure from the European Union (EU).
In October 2023, we launched our Mission Statement at an event at the European Parliament. This event, hosted by Billy Kelleher MEP and gathering together 50 members of the heart failure community from across Europe, kicked off a multi-year campaign to drive heart failure to the top of the political agenda.
For too long, heart failure has been overlooked by policymakers despite its significant impact on individuals and society as a whole.
The EU is taking on a bigger role in healthcare via the European Health Union and has demonstrated strategic leadership in other disease areas, such as cancer. We believe this shows there is a significant opportunity to drive improvements in heart failure diagnosis and care through the creation of similar EU strategies and initiatives. As the HFPN, we support the calls for a cardiovascular health plan that includes a dedicated strand on heart failure.
The European Heart Failure Mission will continue to develop over time and we look forward to sharing updates about our activities and progress.
The European Heart Failure Mission is co-created with a working group formed of 14 leading heart failure advocates in Europe. The Mission draws together representatives of patient organisations, professional societies and other research and clinical institutions.
Micheál Martin, Tánaiste (Deputy Head of Government) of Ireland, showed his support for action on heart failure in his address at the European Heart Failure Mission event at the European Parliament on 25 October 2023. He called for increased European action on improving prevention, detection and diagnosis of heart failure. Watch the Tánaiste’s address here: