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Changes in the SA Heart® Executive and Board

Posted on Friday, 17 November 2017 15:12

After the recent election for office bearers, we welcome Dr David Jankelow as new president-elect of SA Heart®, Dr Hopewell Ntsinjana as vice president and Dr Blanche Cupido as secretary on to the executive committee of SA Heart for the next term.

 

While Profs Liesl Zühlke and Prof Francis Smit in their capacity of president and treasurer remain ex-officio members of the SA Heart NPC board of directors, the newly elected board members are Prof Pravin Manga, Dr Sajidah Khan and Prof Mpiko Ntsekhe.

 

Congratulations to all and anticipating  a productive and fulfilling year ahead. 

PASCAR Elected a new President and Governing Council

Posted on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:25

On 9 October PASCAR Elected a new President and Governing Council in Khartoum, Sudan to lead the organisation to 2021. Dr Saad Subahi welcomed his new team and thank all for their willingness to contribute and support PASCAR programs, events and projects is much appreciated and will be a key element in PASCAR’s future success.

 

Dr Saad Subahi (Sudan) expressed his sincere gratitude to the past members of the PASCAR Governing Council for their hard work and dedication during the previous term in office. Professor Bongani Mayosi’ continued guidance as the immediate past President will be much appreciated as well as the support of Professor Benedict Anisiuba, Professor Samuel Omokhodion, Professor Serigne Ba, Professor Johan Brink, Professor Ana Mocumbi and Dr. Awad Mohammed who have stepped down from the Governing Council.  I am certain that they will continue to play a major role through respective task forces.    

 

We have the pleasure of introducing below the newly elected PASCAR Governing Council (term end AGM 2021):


President: ​​Dr. Saad Subahi, Sudan
Secretary General​​​​: Professor Elijah Ogola, Kenya
Treasurer ​​​​​Professor: Amam Mbakwem, Nigeria
Immediate Past President: ​​​Professor Bongani Mayosi, South Africa
Editor Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: ​​Professor Patrick Commerford, South Africa
West Vice-President: Professor Toure Ali Ibrahim, Niger
South Vice-President: ​​​​Professor Karen Sliwa, South Africa
Central Vice-President: ​​​​Professor Anastase Dzudie, Cameroon
East Vice-President: ​​​​Dr. Harun Otieno, Kenya
West Assistant Secretary General: ​​Professor Mahmoud Sani, Nigeria
South Assistant Secretary General: ​​Professor Mpiko Ntsekhe, South Africa
Central Assistant Secretary General: ​​Dr. Marc Nimburanira, Burundi
East Assistant Secretary General: ​​Dr. Emmy Okello, Uganda
North Assistant Secretary General: ​​Dr. Anas Babiker, Sudan

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. 


Attachments:

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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 


Attachments:

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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.


Attachments:

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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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