This programme works to support Pacific Island nations to strengthen and develop RHD prevention activities while undertaking research to define and improve primary health care strategies, establish baseline epidemiology, and undertake screening.
This year the project provided support for programs in Fiji and Tonga with remote support for the Polynesian Island nation of Tuvalu. In 2010, more than 3,000 children were screened using echocardiography, and 3 training workshops were held for health professionals across the Pacific.
Menzies also provides support to the Fiji GrASP project, the research arm of the national RHD program, which facilitates a feasible evidence-based approach to screening for the disease and improve delivery of secondary prophylaxis medication.
Staff: Jonathan Carapetis, Sam Colquhoun, Elizabeth Kennedy
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