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Date posted: 7 April 2013
The World Heart Federation (WHF) has released its position statement on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) affirming the Federation's commitment to the prevention and control of the disease.
Outlining the WHF's strategic goal of achieving a 25% reduction in premature deaths from rheumatic fever (RF) and RHD among people aged 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.