In November 2021, hundreds of you stepped forward during Global AF Aware Week to raise awareness of Atrial Fibrillation around the globe.
You took to social media to share our infographics, highlighted our #NoMoreTimeToLose messaging, hosted Know Your Pulse events in your community and shared your own personal stories.
In doing so, you helped our #GAFAW2021 messaging to reach millions of people and we want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU!
We look forward to sharing our plans for Global AF Aware Week 2022, where together we can raise more awareness!
For a recap of our GAFAW2021 materials, please see below.
AF Association Global AF Aware Week 2021:
15-21 November 2021
Each year, AF Association hosts Global AF Aware Week 2021 (GAFAW) to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is the most common type of arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder) and is a major cause of stroke. It is also linked to heart failure, depression, and poor quality of life.
For 2021, our key message is “No More Time To Lose” to address the impact of the pandemic on people with, or at risk of, AF. Over the last 18 months, we have lost opportunities to PREVENT AF with healthy habits, DETECT AF with a simple pulse check, PROTECT against AF-related stroke with anticoagulation, CORRECT the irregular rhythm with access to appropriate treatments, and, thus, PERFECT the patient care pathway. Because of these missed opportunities, as we emerge from the pandemic, we have No More Time To Lose.
We need YOU!
5 ways you can get involved with GAFAW2021
1.) Access your toolkit of AF resources
|Access our supporter toolkit, full of social media messages, graphics, and posters for you to share during GAFAW!||Access our toolkit for healthcare professionals, which includes the AF White Paper, AF resources, posters and social media messages to share during GAFAW!|
2.) Request a pulse pack
It is so important for you to Know Your Pulse!
A simple 30 second pulse check could DETECT an irregular rhythm — a sign of AF. If AF is diagnosed, you can then be given anticoagulation to PROTECT against AF-related stroke.
Get in touch if you are interested in hosting a Know Your Pulse event, in your community, as we can support you to organise it.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.) Join in the conversation on social media
Throughout GAFAW 2021, we will share a range of infographics and resources on social media to raise awareness of AF. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use #GAFAW2021 to help us spread the word!
You can also view social media post examples on our Social Media Page here
Below is an example of an infographic to share during GAFAW 2021. Access all the infographics here
4.) Donate to our cause
As a charity, we rely on donations to enable us to maintain our helpline, resources and support services to patients and carers. This GAFAW, please support us, so that we can continue to support you. Donate to AF Association.
5.) If you are a healthcare professional, learn from the 2022 AF Pioneers
During Global AF Aware Week 2021, we are launching the AF Association Healthcare Pioneers Report — Showcasing Best Practice in AF 2022. The AF Pioneers report provides examples of best care to inspire healthcare professionals across the globe to explore innovative approaches to improving care and quality of life for people with AF. CLICK HERE for more information.
Want more information about AF?
We have a wealth of AF resources, including information about living with AF, preventing AF-related stroke, frequently asked questions and much more. Access our range of AF resources here.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors. We gladly accept sponsorships or donations to support our life-saving work during GAFAW.