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Iconic landmarks turn red for World Heart Day: Friday 29 September 2017

Posted on Friday, 29 September 2017 11:00

Created and led by the World Heart Federation (WHF), World Heart Day aims to combat the rising number of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD), the world’s biggest killer, by raising awareness and promoting the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

This year, on 29 September, WHF is urging people to take action by sharing heart healthy tips and attending iconic illumination events. We can all 'share the power' and inspire our families, friends and communities around the world to make the small lifestyle changes that can make a powerful difference to heart health.

Today, CVD is responsible for claiming 17.5 million lives a year, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million.Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30-70 die prematurely from CVD, including heart disease and stroke, but the good news is that at least 80% of these premature deaths could be avoided or postponed.

To mark World Heart Day 2017, illumination events are being held at iconic venues across the world, including Table Mountain in South Africa, the Nasdaq screen in Times Square, New York, the Singapore Flyer, the Sky Tower in New Zealand and many others. For the full list of confirmed illuminations, take a look at our Worldwide Activities Map on the World Heart Day website.

Professor David Wood, Cardiologist and President of the World Heart Federation said: “We cannot underestimate the global importance of good heart health - 31% of all deaths worldwide are from CVD. World Heart Day is our chance to bring people together to tackle the world’s biggest killer and urge more people across the globe to improve their heart health. The power to change is in our hands. Making lifestyle changes such as eating more fruit and vegetables, keeping active and stopping smoking can save millions of lives.”

Members of the public can get involved by sharing their heart healthy selfies and tips using #WorldHeartDay and attendingone of the thousands of events taking place around the world (list available here). They can also see how heart smart they are using the Heart IQ test.

To make World Heart Day more powerful than ever, this year we have joined forces with Manulife (John Hancock in the USA) and Philips. With their support, we are raising awareness and encouraging individuals, families, communities and governments to take action and help us to achieve our goal of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from CVD by 2025.


Phil Witherington, Interim CEO, Manulife Asia said: "Manulife sets out to help people achieve their dreams and aspirations. A healthy life is crucial in being able to reach those goals. We have a substantial part to play in promoting good health and active living around the world, which is why we've joined forces with WHF. Over the next three years we'll be working together to raise awareness about heart health, with the goal of improving the health of our customers, employees and communities."


Selina Thurer, Business Leader for Philips said: “A leader in health technology and proud partner of the World Heart Federation, this year Philips is celebrating World Heart Day around the theme of ‘healthy eating for a healthy heart’. We believe that wholesome food and drink are the building blocks of a healthy, happy life. Day by day we are committed to empowering people to enjoy the longer-term health benefits of homemade food – such as a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese, and developing heart disease.”


To find out more about illuminations and activities near you visit: http://www.worldheartday.org/worldwide-activities.

To join in World Heart Day why not get involved on social media:

Follow: @worldheartfed  and use the hashtag #WorldHeartDay

For more information and to view the World Heart Day please visit World Heart Day website: www.worldheartday.org


Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

Posted on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:01

At the 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health, held in Singapore from 12-13 July this year, a consensus emerged among participants supporting the need for a partnership to improve coordination and collective action among international, regional and national organizations working in the field of circulatory health for our shared ambition of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from circulatory disease by 2025.

With this overall objective in mind, the World Heart Federation will form a Global Coalition for Circulatory Health open to all professional organizations with a role in prevention and control of heart attacks, strokes and other circulatory diseases.

Among the key objectives of the Global Coalition will be to:

• Enhance global advocacy for better prevention and control of heart disease and stroke by investing in collective advocacy.

• With our national members, lobby governments to develop strong and sustainable national action plans for heart disease and stroke, through initiatives such as the Global HEARTS technical package.

• Communicate with one voice through a collective call to action in the lead-up to the UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases in 2018.


Please refer to the attached report, being the dratt outcomes paper of the Summit. It will be published in full in Global Heart, the journal of WHF. At the invitation of Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, a short report will also appear in The Lancet. 


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Medical Device Code of Ethical Marketing and Business Practice

Posted on Monday, 24 July 2017 16:30

The South African Medical Device Industry Association (SAMED) has presented the new Code of Ethical Marketing and Business Practice in Johannesburg recently. 

From the SAMED email ciruclar: 


Download the Code or visit http://www.samed.org.za/Codes-of-Practice.aspx 


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‘Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease’ Resolution recommended by WHO Executive Board

Posted on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:54

RHD Action and our allies have campaigned for years to secure a global commitment on RHD. We launched the #TimeToTackleRHD campaign to collaborate with partners around the world to demand that governments and the World Health Organization act on this preventable disease. 

Today, on 01 June 2017, this work has borne fruit. This afternoon in Geneva, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization recommended a Resolution on ‘Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease’ for adoption at the 2018 World Health Assembly. 

This historic decision came after intense diplomatic negotiation and marks the first time that RHD has been recognised as a global health priority on the world stage.

Once adopted by the full World Health Assembly after further discussions in May next year, the Resolution will stand as the first global commitment on RHD to be endorsed by all governments. It will be a high-level global policy that demands national and international decision-makers to take action to prioritise and fund RHD prevention and control in all endemic settings. 

Until then, RHD Action will continue our tireless advocacy to keep RHD at the top of the global health agenda.

(From RHD Action news circular)

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

Posted on Friday, 26 May 2017 10:12

On Wednesday evening, the World Heart Federation was pleased to learn that Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General. Dr Tedros, as he is known, will be the first Director-General from the African region and the first to be elected following a transparent and competitive process. His term will last last five years, beginning on 01 July 2017.

Dr Tedros is a global health veteran, having served as Minister of Health of Ethiopia from 2005-2012, and then as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012-2016. The World Heart Federation has written Dr Tedros a letter of congratulations, in which we implore the incoming Director-General to prioritize CVD and NCDs on the global health agenda, and develop deeper partnerships with civil society organizations.

(Copied from the WHF newsletter, for more information click here

Introduction of MitraClip in South Africa

Posted on Monday, 15 May 2017 11:25

SA Heart® would like to inform cardiac practitioners about Baroque Medical's introduction of MitraClip in South Africa.

Details are in the attached letter from Baroque Medical. 

For queries please contact Jeff Hampton jeff@baroque.co.za from Baroque Medical directly.


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Sudden Passing of Dr Gcina Dumani

Posted on Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:23

It is with great sadness that we announce the news of passing away of Dr Gcina Dumani after a short illness. 

He is survived by his father, three sisters, two brothers and three daughters and friends and co-workers who will miss him dearly.

The Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa and SA Heart® send heartfelt condolences to the family. 


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Western Cape Branch event

Posted on Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:43

The first of the four scheduled meetings of the Western Cape branch of SA heart was well attended and hopefully will set the trend for 2017.  The format of three presentations, followed by three case presentations, with ample time for discussion was well received. We would really like to extend a sincere invitation to all practitioners to actively participate in future meetings.

A great thank you to the sponsors Pharma Dynamics.


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Posted on Friday, 3 March 2017 12:01

- a course by and for the African Cardiovascular Community - to be held in Century City Conference Centre from 23 - 25 March 2017.

Programme is now availalbe.


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NEWS from WHF: Applications for Emerging Leaders 2016-2017 are now being taken.

Posted on Friday, 9 December 2016 11:42

The 2016-2017 cohort marks the fourth year of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders programme and will focus on access to essential medicines. Applications are now open until 15 January 2017.

All Emerging Leaders participants will be required to take part in online training, a five-day think tank seminar from 18 to 23 June 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, and collaborative group work based on proposals developed during the seminar with seed funding support from the World Heart Federation from meritorious applications.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application. Applications will be accepted until 15 January 2017. Announcement of 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders will take place 15 March 2017.

 For more information visit the Emerging Leaders website

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