For decades we have witnessed the catastrophic effects of Rheumatic heart disease. It kills and debilitates young people. This disease affects girls more than boys, frequently killing them during their first pregnancy. For years we have trained teams to screen large groups of young people to look for signs of early disease so that the children can be put on medication to prevent the heart damage. We have also been looking for partners to train in minimally invasive procedures that can reverse some of the damage caused by the disease. We are pleased to say that we have identified partners in Ethiopia and Kenya who are willing to be trained in this procedure. It is an answer to many prayers.
The cathaterization laboratory team in Addis Abba