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World Heart Day 2017 Celebrations in Cape Town

19 October 2017

World Heart Day is a global initiative of the World Heart Federation to raise global awareness of cardiovascular disease and its prevention. To commemorate World Heart Day in South Africa, Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain was illuminated in red lights for the second year.  This year the Big Wheel at the Victoria and Alfred Water Front in Cape Town was also lit up in red for the first time.

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Cape Town hosts 4th Annual Listen to My Heart Patient Event

18 October 2017

The RHD community of researchers and health care workers at University of Cape Town under the banner of the Stop RHD ASAP program have created a tradition of patient events to include, recognize and celebrate the RHD patient community. Starting in 2014, the first patient event was a luncheon to show appreciation for study participation and to share preliminary results of the Global Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry (REMEDY) study prior to presentation at an international congress.

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RHD Action Press Release: Western Pacific Nations attend Rheumatic Heart Disease Reception

09 October 2017

On Wednesday 11 October, RHD Action – a global initiative that unites the rheumatic heart disease community – will welcome Ministry of Health representatives from countries across the Western Pacific to the Rheumatic Heart Disease Reception.

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Q&A with Jennifer Cottrell – 2016 Churchill Fellow

26 September 2017

This World Heart Day, recently returned Churchill Fellow Jennifer Cottrell speaks to RHD Action about what she would like to see happen in RHD control in Australia.

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RHD Action Participate in WHO Meetings for South-East Asia and Africa

20 September 2017

From late August to early September, RHD Action participated in the Committee meetings for two WHO (World Health Organization) regions: Africa and Southeast Asia.

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Towards the Eradication of RHD in Zimbabwe

01 September 2017

The ZiMA (Zimbabwe Medical Association) Congress is an annual event where all the medical practitioners – both general and physicians – come together to discuss medical issues and challenges facing Zimbabwe.

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Interview with Ilaitia Usa Tukana

22 August 2017

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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“When it’s really quiet my friends say ‘Listen! Listen!’ And they listen to my heart”

15 August 2017

Zandile and Felicia are both from the Western Cape, South Africa and have one thing in common: they both live with rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

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RHD Action is now on Facebook!

14 August 2017

We're now on Facebook! Stay up to date with all the latest news from RHD Action and the RHD community from around the world. "Like" us and be sure to share our page and content with friends and colleagues who may also be interested.




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Buli Wainiqolo strong advocate for rheumatic fever prevention in Fiji

13 August 2017

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.

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