The tide is turning but major challenges remain.
The sum total of our awareness programme (which we started with RM50,000) has been increasing annually with the increase in activities. For year 2000 we spent RM300,000.
Since 1993 approximately RM99,000 has been awarded in project grants and fellowships to further research in studies related to the heart, and since then, the Foundation has been allocating RM 10,000 annually to fund research.
The Foundation awards The Fellowship Research Grant annually and our Technical Committee is responsible for evaluating all applications for research funds and fellowships.
Education is the key to healthier lifestyles and prevention. The Foundation offers a comprehensive series of publications for the interest of the public. We also provide resources to students, teachers, employers and community groups and the media.
Many of the Foundations ongoing programmes are well known in the community, such as, the Heart Week which is held 4-6 times each year and at different locations in the country. We bring fun along with a fitness message, and through health screening and forums, we create interest and awareness about risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases, healthy living and heart to the community at large.
The Foundation also works towards creating interest in Basic Life Support. We work with health professionals and conduct demonstrations in the life - saving technique of CPR (cardiopulmonary or heart lung resuscitation) to develop interest in the community.
Health promotion programmes in schools and workplaces, to encourage provision of healthy food choices and exercise in a healthy smoke-free environment.