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A sore throat can break a little heart

1 to 6 August is Rheumatic Fever Week and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa wants to remind all South Africans that a sore throat matters. An age-old disease is still needlessly claiming lives in developing countries amongst poorer communities, including in South Africa. Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is currently receiving global attention with a view to paving the way to beating it once and for all.

Tobacco smoking threatens childhood development

The international theme for World No-Tobacco Day on 31 May 2017 is ‘tobacco - threat to development’. The Western Cape No-Tobacco Task Team* reminds South Africans that tobacco does not only harm our fragile economy, but also the development of our children. New South African research confirms the detrimental effects of tobacco, even in the first year of life.

Measure your Pressure this May

15 May 2017 The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) supports World Hypertension Day on 17 May as we encourage all South Africans to measure their blood pressure and know their risk for heart disease and stroke because it can happen to you! #MeasureYourPressure

World Health Day 2017: Let's talk about depression

#LetsTalk about depression! World Health Day on 7 April 2017 focuses on depression, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) supports the World Health Organisation addressing the seriousness of depression and takes a deeper look at the links and effects of depression on heart health. What is Depression?

Salty South Africa – are we doing better after salt legislation?

South Africa passed world-leading legislation to reduce salt intake fully supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) and World Action on Salt and Health (WASH). Despite this, too many South African eat too much salt, putting themselves at risk of heart disease and strokes as we fast approach Salt Awareness Week from 20-26 March Salt – a forgotten killer

Face the facts: stroke is treatable

This World Stroke Day, 29 October, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) joins the voice of the World Stroke Organisation (WSO) as we boldly declare that stroke is treatable through better awareness, access and action.      Survivors speak out

Childhood obesity in South Africa to soar unless we act now

11 October 2016 If obesity in South African children continues to increase at the current rate, 3.91 million school children will be overweight or obese by 2025. On world Obesity Day, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, together with the World Obesity Federation, calls for decisive action from government, private sector and parents.

All eyes on Table Mountain as it lights up for World Heart Day!

At 7pm on 29 September, our beloved Table Mountain will be lit up as world leaders in the fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) join forces to light up key landmarks across the globe, as they shine the spotlight on this leading global killer that can be prevented.

Could this mean the end of preventable heart disease in children?

  Rheumatic Fever Week: 1 to 6 August 2016 ‘We can end rheumatic heart disease in our lifetime’. This quote captures the impetus behind last year’s third All-Africa workshop on rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Here African experts created a ‘roadmap’ to eradicate RHD in Africa1,2. Since then African Union (AU) Heads of State have endorsed the action plan and signed a declaration to implement key actions.

Communities can win against Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic Fever week: 1 to 6 August 2016 100% preventable heart disease