PROTEA: Partnerships in congenital heart disease in Africa

2019-10-29T08:40:57Z (GMT) by Thomas Aldersley
Recording of presentation given by Thomas Aldersley with the title 'PROTEA: Partnerships in congenital heart disease in Africa', presented on Thursday, 14 March 2019 as part of the Inaugural PROTEA (Partnerships for Children with Heart Disease in Africa) Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

PROTEA (Partnerships in Congenital Heart Disease in Africa) is a collaborative project between the University's of Manchester (UoM) and Cape Town (UCT). The project seeks to address the lack of basic information about Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) in Africa and whether the rate at which CHD occurs is the same in African populations as in Western populations, as well as whether the range of CHD conditions encountered is similar. The project aims to establish a sustainable CHD research infrastructure at UCT as well as create a model that could be applied in other South African centres and collaborating African countries.

The 13th-16th March 2019 marked the Inaugural PROTEA (Partnerships for Children with Heart Disease in Africa) Workshop hosted by the Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit under the directorship of A/Prof Liesl Zuhlke and in conjunction with the Paediatric Cardiology Service of the Western Cape. A first in Africa, this workshop combined four events: a research methods workshop, a basic echocardiography (echo) workshop, two days of advanced echo as well as a rheumatic heart disease research think-tank. 130 delegates from 19 different countries representing all six continents attended the event, making it truly global and giving attendees the opportunity to meet and network with experts in the fields of rheumatic and congenital heart disease.