The guidelines have been based on international best practice guidelines for ARF/ RHD including: the Jones criteria update 2015, The New Zealand Guidelines for Rheumatic Fever 2014, The Australian Guidelines for Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease 2012, the Fiji Cardiovascular Guidelines 2015, the Fiji Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Practice Guidelines 2015, the Fiji National RHD Policy 2015, the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services National Strategic Plan 2016-20, the World Heart Federation Diagnosis and Management of Acute Rheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease 2008 and the WHO Expert Consultation Technical Report: Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease 2003. The purpose of these guidelines is to:
- identify the evidence for best practice in ARF and RHD diagnosis,
- identify the standard of care that should be available for people in Fiji; and
- provide an evidence based protocol for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ARF and RHD in Fiji.