This week the World Heart Federation released its Position statement on the prevention and control of rheumatic heart disease.
Affirming the World Heart Federation’s commitment to RHD, the recently released Position Statement from the organisation on RF and RHD is eagerly awaited.
Outlining the WHF’s strategic goal of achieving a 25% reduction in premature deaths from RH and RHD among people under twenty-five, by the year 2025, the document also affirms their commitment to five key strategic targets: comprehensive register-based control programmes, global access to benzathine penicillin G, identification and development of public figures as 'RHD champions', expansion of RHD training hubs, and support for vaccine development.
The paper also reviews existing barriers to RF and RHD control, and identifies the actions required to change the trajectory of control for these diseases.
For full details on the WHF Position statement on the prevention and control of rheumatic heart disease: http://www.nature.com/nrcardio/journal/vaop/ncurrent/index.html