On 9 September 2016, RHD Action was delighted to participate in ‘Listen to my Heart’: an event for people living with RHD, held alongside the Congress of SA Heart and the World Congress of Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa.
This World Heart Day is all about how individuals can take action to fuel their hearts and power their lives, sending out the message that your heart is at the heart of your health and it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.
The World Heart Federation – a founding member of RHD Action – was delighted to participate in the 66th African Regional Committee Meeting of the World Health Organization WHO, which was held from 19-23 August 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The 26th World Congress Of The World Society Of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (WSCTS 2016) was recently held in Cape Town, South Africa and was jointly hosted with The 17th Annual SA Heart Congress. The following report provides an overview of the Programme for Rheumatic Heart Disease as part of WSCTS 2016.
People living with RHD are at the heart of RHD Action's work - they are our most important stakeholders and we strive to be accountable to them in all that we do. The global community of people living with RHD is diverse and vibrant - we are sharing stories and perspectives by profiling individuals, to elevate their voice and empower them as patient advocates.
It seems far-fetched to think a sore throat or skin sore could take a lasting toll on your health, leading to heart failure and premature death. But this is the reality for many Indigenous children and young people in Australia’s most vulnerable communities.
In an article published in the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Journal, researchers have developed an economic evaluation tool to help countries allocate resources and plan RHD control programmes, at the national or subnational level.
Between July and August 2016, the World Heart Federation carried out a survey of RHD civil society on behalf of RHD Action. The survey was designed to assess the needs and priorities of the RHD community, with the aim of informing decision-makers about what is needed to improve RHD prevention and control.