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WHF policy statement highlights burden of RHD among adolescents

31 May 2017

On the penultimate day of the World Health Assembly, the World Heart Federation – a founding member of RHD Action – delivered a policy statement that highlighted the burden of rheumatic heart disease among adolescents.

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RHD Action co-sponsors breakfast debate on Access to Medicines

26 May 2017

On Tuesday 23 May, RHD Action and the World Heart Federation joined forces with NCD Child and other global health organizations to host a breakfast event themed around ‘Better Medicines for Children’. Guests included delegates from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, civil society, the private sector and national Ministries of Health.

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Fellowship Opportunities with AATS Graham Foundation

26 May 2017

A number of fellowship opportunities are currently available with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Graham Foundation.

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Ongoing Research Project: Addressing the Quality of the Global Supply of BPG

24 May 2017

Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute are performing a study to assess the quality of benzathine penicillin G (BPG) worldwide.

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Landmark WHO Report on RHD ahead of Global Discussions

18 May 2017

A landmark report on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) – drafted by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has been released to accompany intergovernmental discussions on RHD during the upcoming WHO Executive Board meeting, which takes place in Geneva at the beginning of June.

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Q&A with Dr. Nazgul Omurzakova

11 May 2017

The Kyrgyz Republic – or Kyrgyzstan – is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia, with a population of around 5.7 million people. A 2009 study found that the Kyrgyz Republic had a high prevalence of rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a situation made worse following an economic downturn after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which caused a corresponding decline in public health.

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Hearts to Hearts - Raising Awareness in Eldoret

09 May 2017

Dilys Kemunto is a medical student at Moi University and a member of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) in Eldoret, a city in Uasin Gishu county in Western Kenya. She and a group of her fellow students have recently created a programme to raise awareness around rheumatic heart disease locally and to support the #TimeToTackleRHD campaign. Dilys joins us to write about her hopes for the campaign and the initiatives they have undertaken so far. 

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The Global Burden of RHD – Q&A with David Watkins

05 May 2017

Dr. David Watkins is an internal medicine physician and health systems researcher who works with the Disease Control Priorities Network at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also part of RhEACH at the University of Cape Town and is a collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease project. He is joining us today to talk about global prevalence and mortality from rheumatic heart disease (RHD), as well as recent advances in RHD epidemiology. 

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Global RHD Commitment Progress Update

23 April 2017

Rheumatic heart disease has been neglected by decision-makers for too long. RHD Action has therefore created the #TimeToTackleRHD campaign to call for a WHO Resolution on RHD. This major piece of policy is set to be the first global commitment that recognizes RHD as a priority health issue.

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RHD Action launches Small Grants Programme

19 April 2017

RHD Action is pleased to launch the first round of its Small Grants Programme with this Request for Proposal. This request for proposals for small grant funding provides the first opportunity for RHD Action to support groups across the globe who are already addressing the problems of the rheumatic heart disease in their countries, regions or communities and to bring the work of key RHD stakeholders under the RHD Action banner. 

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