n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - From the editor's desk

Volume 27 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



This issue carries several important messages for those interested in cardiovascular heath in Africa. In the landmark Addis Ababa communiqué, Watkins and colleagues describe seven essential actions aimed at eliminating rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Africa. The distinguished group of authors are widely representative of Africans knowledgeable and active in both research and clinical service in this field and they are supported by international experts. Most importantly, this third All-Africa Workshop on Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease was hosted by the social cluster of the African Union Commission, and the communiqué has since been endorsed by African Union heads of state. Therefore the political will and support so necessary for successful implementation seems to be available and will be essential in the years ahead. The communiqué identifies that one of the barriers to eradicating RHD in Africa is that there are few centres capable of providing cardiac surgery, and action five aims to 'Establish centres of excellence for cardiac surgery, which will sustainably deliver state-of-the-art surgical care, train the next generation of African cardiac practitioners, and conduct research on endemic cardiovascular diseases, including RHD'.

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