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News for August 2017

Interview with Ilaitia Usa Tukana

22 August 2017

Ilaitia Usa Tukana comes from Fiji in the Western Pacific. He grew up playing rugby in a family with two brothers and two sisters. Having studied software engineering at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, he now works at the Central Bank of Fiji. At the age of 8 years old, Ilaitia was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). We recently spoke to Ilaitia about this diagnosis, and why he now advocates for greater awareness about the dangers of sore throat and RHD.

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“When it’s really quiet my friends say ‘Listen! Listen!’ And they listen to my heart”

15 August 2017

Zandile and Felicia are both from the Western Cape, South Africa and have one thing in common: they both live with rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

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RHD Action is now on Facebook!

14 August 2017

We're now on Facebook! Stay up to date with all the latest news from RHD Action and the RHD community from around the world. "Like" us and be sure to share our page and content with friends and colleagues who may also be interested.




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Buli Wainiqolo strong advocate for rheumatic fever prevention in Fiji

13 August 2017

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Fiji in conjunction with Cure Kids Fiji recently launched the Rheumatic Fever Awareness Campaign featuring Hibiscus Queen 2017 Contestant Ms Buli Wainiqolo.

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Rheumatic Fever Week Message Goes Out Across South Africa

10 August 2017

Dr Liesl Zühlke, UCT Associate Professor and President of the South African Heart Association, appeared on the early-morning Expresso show on 2 August 2017 to commemorate Rheumatic Fever Week in South Africa. Rheumatic Fever Week has been observed in South Africa for over 25 years since it was declared by the National Department of Health.

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RHD Action to Participate in the WHO Regional Meetings

07 August 2017

Throughout the coming months, RHD Action will be sending representatives to the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee Meetings, which are held to determine regional health policy and to approve programmes of work for each of the 6 WHO regions.

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