RHD Africa

RHD Africa serves as a platform to bring together researchers, communities and resources to advance the combat against rheumatic heart disease on the continent.  Africa continues to face unacceptably high rates of rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), despite readily available and inexpensive preventive measures.     However, in the past several years, key players from many African nations have come together to acknowledge the persistent health burden attributable to RF/RHD and have agreed to a pledge of action to reduce it. The plan of action is a comprehensive RF/RHD prevention and treatment programme known as the ASAP Programme.

The A.S.A.P. programme focuses on four areas of activity: (i) raising the awareness of the public and healthcare workers about RHD, (ii) determining the incidence and prevalence of RHD through epidemiological surveillance, (iii) improving advocacy to influence public policy for the prevention and treatment of RHD, and (iv) working towards the establishment of primary and secondary prevention programmes of RHD at the community level.