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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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.
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.
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.
The recipients of the PASCAR and World Heart Federation RHD Small Grants Programme were recently announced. The grants are intended to support proposals to foster a policy dialogue with policy makers in the Ministry of Health and related departments that will introduce them to the AU Communiqué and lead to government supported national programmes, policy and initiatives.
Our Views, Our Voices is an initiative by the NCD Alliance and people living with NCDs that seeks to invite people from all over the world living with a range of different NCDs to share their views, take action, and drive change.
This week, RHD Action is delighted to launch its latest publication, “United to End Rheumatic Heart Disease: RHD Action Prospectus 2017”, coinciding with the 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery in Barcelona, Spain.