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Today at WCC | Sunday June 5th

04 June 2016

Sunday 5th June promises to be a fascinating day for rheumatic heart disease at the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health. 

There are no fewer than six separate sessions on rheumatic heart disease, each one comprising a wide array of speakers from around the world. 

The congress sessions will be followed by a reception hosted by RHD Action, to update congress delegates on the movement’s latest updates.

Morning Sessions

In the morning sessions, there are focuses on RHD in Latin America, RHD Implementation and Innovation, and a joint presentation by the African Heart Network and the Pan-African Society of Cardiology on progress of the ASAP programme, which combats RHD across the African continent. 

Speakers in these session include members of the RHD Action movement: Professor Jonathan Carapetis of RhEACH, and Steve Justus from Touch Foundation. 

The second set of morning sessions focus on toolkits and opportunities. These presentations will draw attention to all the resources and guidelines available to provide support to the RHD community. Many of these included in the programme have been produced by RHD Action, such as the TIPS framework, the new RHD Roadmap, and the RHD Needs Assessment Tool – however the session will also include national guidelines and the AU Communique. 

Afternoon Sessions

The afternoon’s sessions will address the topic of surgery and patient advocacy for rheumatic heart disease. There will also be presentations on other cardiac diseases including rheumatic fever and Chagas’ diseases, and also on studies investigating the role of genetics in rheumatic heart disease.

RHD Action Reception

RHD Action partners are delighted to host a reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Mexico City, which will conclude ‘Focus on RHD Day’ at the Congress.

Speakers at this event include World Heart Federation CEO Johanna Ralston, and RhEACH co-directors Professor Jonathan Carapetis and Liesl Zühlke. In addition to providing an overview of RHD Action’s work during the past year, we are honoured to welcome two additional speakers: Dr Oyere Onuma, Medical Officer for Cardiovascular Diseases at WHO, and Professor Porfirio Nordet, Former Responsible Officer for the Global Programme for the Prevention and Control of rheumatic fever and RHD.   

We look forward to hearing their insights on both past and future efforts to prevent and control rheumatic heart disease. 

Registration for the RHD Reception is required, please enter your details here.

For more information:
RHD Specific Content | WCC Mexico City 2016
RF / RHD Posters | WCC Mexico City 2016