Congratulations to the Machakos Rheumatic Heart Disease Club

Congratulations to the Machakos Rheumatic Heart Disease Club

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most common acquired heart disease in children (common age group is 5 to 15 year olds) in developing countries. It is estimated that approximately 15 million people are affected globally with 233000 succumbing to it. 

RHD is closely associated with poverty and poor quality medical services, and most affected patients are not able to access medical services. RHD is still a major problem in Kenya, and children and their families have previously suffered this preventable condition in silence.

In March 2014, and as part of CLAN's commitment to the UN Secretary General's Every Woman Every Child movement, an inaugural RHD Club was launched in Nairobi utilising CLAN's 5 pillars and strategic framework for action. The Nairobi RHD Club offered a platform for families, children and youth living with RHD in Kenya to have their voices heard and proved to be an important foundation for advocacy and change for the RHD community of Kenya.

In December 2015 a second RHD Club was launched in Machakos, Kenya as part of CLAN's ongoing commitment to EWEC.

Huge congratulations to the wonderful team at Machakos Level 5 Hospital and the Machakos Heart Evaluation Centre for their fantastic efforts making this event possible. CLAN would like to particularly thank and acknowledge the efforts of Drs Duncan Matheka, Mellany Murgor, Eric Irungu and Laura Musambayi for their commitment and dedication to the RHD community of Kenya.

Please find a VIDEO and more detailed report of the inaugural Machakos RHD Club meeting here:

CLAN wishes the RHD community of Kenya every success in their ongoing efforts to promote and protect the rights of children in Kenya to health and life - and a future free of completely preventable non-communcable diseases (NCDs) such as Rheumatic Heart Disease.