The Heart Foundation’s purpose is to reduce premature death and suffering from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease through:
- funding world-class cardiovascular research
- guiding health professionals on preventing and treating heart disease
- educating Australians about making healthy choices
- supporting people living with heart conditions
- advocating to government and industry to improve heart health in Australia.
The Heart Foundation is a federated charity comprising eight state and territory divisions, and a national body. RHDAustralia and the RHD Control Programs collaborate with state, territory and the national Heart Foundation on education and training initiatives, advocacy and awareness raising for people living with RHD.
The Heart Foundation were partners in the development and publication of the Australian Guideline for Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease (2nd Edition) and produce evidence based resources for patients and health professional on all aspects of heart health.
The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD). It aligns its efforts around the World Health Organization’s related target of reducing premature CVD mortality of 25% by 2025. With its members, the World Heart Federation works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practice, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle cardiovascular disease- the number one killer. It is a growing membership organization that brings together the strength of cardiac societies and heart foundations from more than 100 countries.
As the world’s leading global CVD (cardiovascular disease) organization and as a co-founder of the RHD Action Alliance, the World Heart Federation has set itself the goal of achieving a 25% reduction in premature deaths from RF and RHD among individuals aged <25 years by 2025.
RHD Action is the global movement to reduce the burden of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in vulnerable populations of all ages throughout the world. Initiated in September 2014 under the auspices of the UN Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) commitment, this movement will add to ongoing global efforts contributing to the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Heart Federation (WHF) goals to reduce premature mortality by the year 2025.
The driving force behind this global movement is the RHD Action Alliance, a coalition of three global organizations: Medtronic Philanthropy, the World Heart Federation and RhEACH, working together toward the shared goal of ending RHD. Critically reinforcing this global movement are the RHD Action Countries: a cohort of countries wherein government and partner institutions are actively engaged in achieving specific RHD targets within their geographies, while also strengthening their health systems.
The RHD Action Alliance Resource Hub is a repository of tools and resources for health professionals, program coordinators, advocates and people living with RHD.
RhEACH is a technical support and policy translation initiative to amplify rheumatic heart disease control efforts locally, regionally and globally. RhEACH aims to identify, describe and disseminate solutions for this neglected disease and to reduce burden on vulnerable populations around the world. RhEACH partners with a broad range of stakeholders - including clinicians, other disease communities, academics, funders, governments, industry and people living with RHD - to achieve common goals.
The New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Health works with other government agencies, health organisations, community and philanthropic groups, researchers and professional bodies to reduce New Zealand’s rheumatic fever rate.
The Ministry’s Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme (RFPP) was established in 2011 to prevent and treat strep throat infections, which can lead to rheumatic fever. The government has invested over $65 million to identify and trial new initiatives to reduce the rheumatic fever rates throughout New Zealand. The RFPP has three main strategies:
- Increase awareness of rheumatic fever, what causes it and how to prevent it
- Reduce household crowding and therefore reduce household transmission of strep throat bacteria within households.
- Improve access to timely and effective treatment for strep throat infections in priority communities.
Information about the RFPP, resources for health professionals and health promotion resources can be found on the following sites: