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Africa is home to more than 1 billion people and is a major contributor to the global burden of cardiovascular disease.

In 2019, more than 1 million deaths were attributable to CVD in sub-Saharan Africa, which constituted 5.4% of all global CVD-related deaths and 13% of all deaths in Africa.

CVD is the second leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa

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More than 1 million people die every year from CVD in Africa

High blood pressure is responsible for more than half of all CVD deaths in Africa

Living with CVD in Africa

Reforming rural healthcare: hypertension in Kenya

The beat of change: rheumatic heart disease in Mozambique

Colours to Save Hearts

RHD is the most commonly acquired heart disease in people under 25

Colours to Save Hearts is an initiative aimed at raising awareness of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) among children, teachers and parents, and educate them about the link between sore throat and rheumatic heart disease, how to recognise symptoms and what to do when they first appear.

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WHF African Summit on Best Practices and Access to Care

The World Heart Federation African Summit on Best Practices and Access to Care was held in Khartoum, Sudan on 10 and 11 October 2017 in collaboration with the Pan African Society of Cardiology, African Heart Network and Sudan Heart Society.

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Announcing the World Heart Summit 2021: Time to Act on Obesity

In the post-pandemic world, health systems continue to brace for impact. And that impact is with the rising rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), overweight and obesity. This increased burden matters. Because the science is clear: obesity is associated with higher rates of CVD deaths and disability. Like CVD, rates of overweight and obesity are influenced […]

Obesity

Implementing the Global strategy on digital health in the WHO African Region

This is a statement made at the 71st Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the AFRO Region on Agenda item 14: Framework for implementing the Global strategy on digital health in the WHO African Region.   Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, On behalf of the World Heart Federation, we commend the leadership role that […]

Digital Health

The role of patient support groups in the prevention and management of RHD

Guest post: Christine Katusiime, RHD Patient Support Group-UHI The RHD Patient Support Group in Uganda was started in 2015 by a group of patients diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) attending the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) cardiac clinic in Kampala. This group is composed of patients who have had different experiences with RHD. Some have […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

SASNET GHANA urges action to prioritize CVD prevention and control

Last year, the Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana (SASNET GHANA) launched a national campaign aiming at identifying policy gaps and priority areas of intervention to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The campaign, which took place in the lead-up to World Heart Day 2020, received the support of the World Heart Federation through the World […]

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