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April 2012
  • World Heart Federation published first International guidelines for echocardiographic diagnosis of RHD in February. The outcome of over a year of consultation among experts involved in screening for RHD in endemic areas around the world, the new evidence-based guidelines clearly define not only what is considered to be a definite and a borderline case of RHD but also what is considered normal in children.

Includes a very nice resources database: http://www.rhdaustralia.org.au/resources

Includes reports, videos, guidelines, protocols and more.

  • Workshop in New Caledonia

The Agence Sanitaire et Sociale of New Caledonia (ASS-NC.) organized a workshop on RHD in December. Representatives from French Polynesia, New Caldenia, Australia and France joined New Caledonian participants to review recent developments and develop research collaboration.

HeartBeat Article  Confronting Rheumatic Heart Disease in New Caledonia >

  • Cape Town RHD workshop

Cape Town ASAP team convened a combined Training and Regional Workshop for nurses and doctors in February. The main highlights were GCP training, and an Echo course where Liesl Zuhlke launched the WHF RHD Screening Echo Criteria.

Cape Town RHD video now available on You Tube >

The ASAP Programme, Cape Town, has produced a 7-minute awareness-raising resource detailing the experience of living with Rheumatic Heart Disease from a teenager's perspective.  It can also been used as a lecture aid for undergraduate and post-graduate students. We sent the short PSA version earlier but now the whole film is available.

March 2012