We are mission-driven and have deep technical expertise

Resolve to Save Lives was created in 2017 by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through his work in government and with philanthropy, Dr. Frieden pinpointed a unique problem: no one is thinking about how to systematically combat the world’s leading killers. Heart disease carries the distinction of being the world’s #1 cause of death. And few organizations raise their focus from one disease to look at epidemics as a whole—and how they can be prevented. Resolve to Save Lives is committed to saving lives from these preventable causes by partnering with government and civil society to implement scalable, proven strategies.

We prioritize partnerships with national and local organizations in low- and middle-income countries to co-create, advocate for, and scale up activities in heart disease prevention and epidemic preparedness. We work with global organizations to produce and promote policies that maximize health gains. Our funders include Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. We are resolved to save lives.


Epidemic preparedness

Improved infectious disease preparedness in 4 countries covering more than 25% of Africa’s population. Provided strategic and on-the-ground guidance for effectively spending $60 billion in multilateral funding.

Testing for infectious diseases in a laboratory in Nigeria.
PPE Training in Ethiopia

Covid response

Provided public health expertise and rapid financial support to 60+ countries, trained 40,000 healthcare workers who care for over 122 million people. Media outreach seen/heard by billions of people across the world, making RTSL a trusted voice.

Cardiovascular health

Supporting programs in 55 countries. 105 countries participate in our online community.

Hypertension control

Policies and programs protect over 236 million people with hypertension to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Trans fat elimination

Launched global elimination initiative with the World Health Organization and supported regulations in 31 countries that will protect 2.4 billion people from this toxic, artificial substance.

Sodium reduction

Created global action to pressure governments to only buy healthy foods that meet their nutrition standards and helped set WHO sodium targets.


We promote and create simple, innovative, user-centered programs. Our technology is open-source and interoperable.

We are incredibly motivated by the challenges of today.

We catalyze nationwide, regional, and global improvements to support policies and interventions that result in sustained progress.


Technical rigor to develop and implement culturally competent and data-driven solutions.

Operational excellence to improve and sustain strong systems and institutions.

Policy action to create environments that improve health outcomes, save the most lives and advance health equity.


We strive to create and sustain a culture of justice and inclusion among our staff and in our programmatic work.

Timely and accurate data, sound science, and technical rigor guide our decision-making so that we can maximize health protection and improvement.

We strive to partner with integrity, compassion and humility, deeply valuing our colleagues, partners, and the communities we serve, and we eagerly seek advice on where and how we can be more effective saving lives.