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Rheumatic Heart Disease – Programmes and Research at the Aswan Heart Centre

03 April 2017

The Aswan Heart Centre (AHC) was launched in 2009 to establish a centre of excellence to combat heart disease in Egypt. Located in Aswan in southern Egypt, the centre is linked to the Aswan General Teaching Hospital and is supported by the Magdi Yacoub Foundation.

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Cost-effectiveness and Clinical Impact of Echocardiography Profiled in JAHA

30 March 2017

In this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, paired papers by Cannon and colleagues focus on the clinical progression of RHD and the potential economic impact of earlier diagnosis by echocardiographic screening.

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WHF Statement on the Global Strategy at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting

01 February 2017

On Monday 30 January Joanna Markbreiter of the World Heart Federation – a founding member of RHD Action – delivered a statement under the section Promoting Health through the Life Course at the 140th Session of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Resolution on Promoting the Health of Refugees and Migrants

31 January 2017

Following lengthy discussions, Member States adopted a draft resolution on Promoting the Health of Refugees and Migrants on 31 January, the penultimate day of the Executive Board meeting.

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Update from the 140th meeting of the WHO Executive Board

30 January 2017

Following the announcement that rheumatic heart disease will be included as an Agenda Item at the next Executive Board Meeting (‘EB 141’) in May, sessions during the first half of the week at EB 140 have focused on health systems, communicable diseases, the WHO budget and discussions around the appointment of the next WHO Director-General.

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EB140 Q&A on the Global Shortage of Medicines and Vaccines

29 January 2017

EB140 Q&A on the Global Shortage of Medicines and Vaccines

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NCD Alliance praise for Updated Appendix 3

28 January 2017

On Saturday the NCD Alliance – of which the World Heart Federation is a founding member – delivered a statement on the recently updated Appendix 3. An annex to the Global Action Plan on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Appendix 3 is a list of NCD interventions and policies which WHO has defined as cost-effective.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease: from Molecules to the Global Community - Summary Day 4

26 January 2017

On the final day of the conference ‘Rheumatic Heart Disease: from Molecules to the Global Community’, the focus of sessions turned to existing global, regional and national initiatives tackling RHD.

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Breaking News – Global RHD debate confirmed at WHO Executive Board

24 January 2017

The 140th session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board – also known as ‘EB 140’ – began today in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Investigative journalist turns attention to worldwide penicillin shortage

23 January 2017

An award winning international journalist has received a major grant to investigate the worldwide shortage of Benzathine Penicillin G (BPG).

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