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Effectiveness of a Questionnaire-based Survey in Improving Awareness of Rheumatic Heart Disease Among School-aged Children in India

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is prevalent in low income countries, with a regional prevalence in South Asia of 2.2 per 1,000 children aged 10-16 years. Awareness among school children is very important for seeking effective secondary prophylaxis. We studied the current level of awareness in school-aged children and evaluated the effect of a 7-item questionnaire-based survey in improving awareness of RHD. This abstract was presented at the American Heart Association EPI | Lifestyle conference in Houston in March, 2019.

Symptom-Based Screening of Rheumatic Heart Disease in School-Aged Children and Development of an Effective Tool for Self-Screening in Rural India

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD), if detected early, can benefit from secondary prevention to reduce long term complications, morbidity, and mortality. However, there are no national screening programs to detect RHD in resource-limited countries. We propose to develop a symptom-based screening tool which may help self-referral to increase the early diagnosis of RHD in school children. The objectives were to assess the prevalence of RHD in school children in rural India and to develop an effective symptom-based screening tool for self-referral. This abstract was presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in Chicago in November, 2018.

cardiovascular health awareness in school children and the effect of an educational intervention on school-aged children in a rural district of india

India is the second most populous country in the world and two-thirds of its population is less than 35 years old. This survey was conducted to assess the level of health awareness of cardiovascular disease in adolescent school-aged children 14-16 years old, with the goal of establishing school-based health education and development of heart-healthy lifestyle practices.

inadequate investment in school health education: a missed opportunity

An editorial written by Shanthi Mendes, World Health Organization expert, about our Cardiovascular Health Awareness paper.