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News for May 2017

RHD Action co-sponsors breakfast debate on Access to Medicines

26 May 2017

On Tuesday 23 May, RHD Action and the World Heart Federation joined forces with NCD Child and other global health organizations to host a breakfast event themed around ‘Better Medicines for Children’. Guests included delegates from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, civil society, the private sector and national Ministries of Health.

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Fellowship Opportunities with AATS Graham Foundation

26 May 2017

A number of fellowship opportunities are currently available with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Graham Foundation.

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Ongoing Research Project: Addressing the Quality of the Global Supply of BPG

24 May 2017

Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute are performing a study to assess the quality of benzathine penicillin G (BPG) worldwide.

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Landmark WHO Report on RHD ahead of Global Discussions

18 May 2017

A landmark report on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) – drafted by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has been released to accompany intergovernmental discussions on RHD during the upcoming WHO Executive Board meeting, which takes place in Geneva at the beginning of June.

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Q&A with Dr. Nazgul Omurzakova

11 May 2017

The Kyrgyz Republic – or Kyrgyzstan – is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia, with a population of around 5.7 million people. A 2009 study found that the Kyrgyz Republic had a high prevalence of rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a situation made worse following an economic downturn after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which caused a corresponding decline in public health.

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Hearts to Hearts - Raising Awareness in Eldoret

09 May 2017

Dilys Kemunto is a medical student at Moi University and a member of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) in Eldoret, a city in Uasin Gishu county in Western Kenya. She and a group of her fellow students have recently created a programme to raise awareness around rheumatic heart disease locally and to support the #TimeToTackleRHD campaign. Dilys joins us to write about her hopes for the campaign and the initiatives they have undertaken so far. 

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The Global Burden of RHD – Q&A with David Watkins

05 May 2017

Dr. David Watkins is an internal medicine physician and health systems researcher who works with the Disease Control Priorities Network at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also part of RhEACH at the University of Cape Town and is a collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease project. He is joining us today to talk about global prevalence and mortality from rheumatic heart disease (RHD), as well as recent advances in RHD epidemiology. 

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