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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia


Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic heart disease: English

This short film carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Please share it with appropriate communities in Australia. Key messages for communities and families about the impact of acute rheumatic fever: people with rheumatic fever need penicillin in their body all the time to kill any strep germs and prevent heart damage; to prevent rheumatic fever; wash your hands; keep a clean house to keep the Strep germ away; and treat skin sores and sore throats.

Stop Sore Throats Hurting Hearts Campaign | New Zealand

Health Promotion Awareness in New Zealand is working with the Ministry of Health rheumatic fever prevention programme to raise awareness among parents, families and caregivers of school children within high risk communities about the importance of getting sore throats checked and treated as quickly as possible to prevent rheumatic fever. The website contains information about: All about sore throats; What is the treatment for strep throat? How does strep throat spread?

Take Heart: The quest to rid the world of Rheumatic Heart Disease (Official Teaser)

Take Heart is a moving picture advocacy project designed to put rheumatic heart disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas. This is the official teaser for a full length feature released in 2016. It shows Eddie going to hospital for heart surgery.

Sore throat can lead to a broken heart - Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)

This 1 minute rap (performed by students of the Cape Music Institute) raises awareness about the importance of penicillin in preventing sore throats which could lead to damage to the heart valves, and rheumatic heart disease.
The ASAP programme, launched by the Pan-African Society of Africa in 2006, is a focused action plan using Awareness, Surveillance, Advocacy and Prevention to galvanise efforts, identify and strengthen interventions and create political will to stem the tide of RHD.

Rheumatic Heart Disease: forgotten but not gone

This World Heart Federation video describes rheumatic heart disease as a chronic heart condition, caused by rheumatic fever, that needlessly kills and disables people living in extreme poverty. High prevalence of the disease has become a marker of poverty and an important factor feeding growing health inequities. Speakers include Jonathan Carapetis and other world experts in rheumatic heart disease.