The HFPN led one of the largest political campaigns on heart failure (HF) in Europe from 24 October 2015 to 24 January 2016. This culminated in Written Declaration 110/2016 on Heart Failure, which closed with 234 signatures.
The Written Declaration requested that the European Commission consider initiatives to:
The Written Declaration was available in 23 languages. The HFPN also produced an infographic to accompany the campaign, which was translated into 12 languages.
Most European countries do not have a national healthcare strategy for HF, and there is no EU-wide strategy supporting public awareness, prevention, diagnosis and management. Strong leadership from European and national policymakers is essential to reduce the burden of HF.
A Written Declaration in the European Parliament is a means by which MEPs can raise awareness of certain issues. It is limited to 200 words on a topic of EU competencies – in this case, the often neglected condition of HF.