n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - National Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Control of Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease in Namibia : cardio news

Volume 26, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1995-1892



In Windhoek, Namibia, Thursday 23 April 2015 marked a historic milestone for the Pan-African campaign to arrest the march of rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) throughout our continent. Under the authority of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, the first meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease began to elaborate on a plan for the prevention and control of a heart disease, which, it is estimated, claims the lives of 1.4 million people in less well-resourced countries globally every year. The prevalence in Africa is as high as 30/1 000 among school children.

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