FROM MOLECULES TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY
JW MARRIOTT HOTEL | MIRAGE CITY – CAIRO – EGYPT
in partnership with
Introduction and Welcome
Although RHD has been virtually eradicated from High income countries, the disease continues to be a major cause of death and suffering in middle and low income countries. Eradicating the disease depends on thorough understanding of the epidemiology, and pathogenesis of the disease at molecular and cellular levels, as well as its heterogeneous clinical manifestations in different parts of the world.
This should enable evolving effective and innovative policies to deal with this epidemic affecting a sizeable neglected population of the world.
On behalf of the organising committee, We would like to extend a warm welcome to all the participants to the truly African land of the Pharaohs, and wish them a fruitful and enjoyable meeting, both from the scientific and Cultural points of view.
Rheumatic Heart Disease From molecules to the Global Community
Magdi Yacoub and Bongani Mayosi
About the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR)
The Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) had its beginnings in 1981 in Badagry, Nigeria. PASCAR is an organisation of physicians from across Africa involved in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and is concerned by the lack of progress in the diagnosis and effective treatment of cardiovascular disease across Africa.
Africa does offer some unique challenges but, with sound and achievable objectives and a long-term vision, a positive impact on the disease can be made. The PASCAR Governing Council focuses on identifying key issues, brainstorming novel solutions and designing appropriate programs to combat cardiovascular disease on the continent.
PASCAR forms working relationships with other organisations and departments in Africa with similar mandates and focuses. To understand the unique challenges faced in Africa, a core group of committed individuals with extraordinary knowledge of the African cardiovascular environment has been assembled in regional structures within a Governing Council.
In addition to our geographically aligned structures (North, East, Central, South and West), PASCAR established Task Forces with representation from key role players in cardiovascular subspecialties such as rheumatic heart disease, interventional cardiology, hypertension, pacing, paediatric cardiology (to name a few).
For more information about PASCAR.
PASCAR is currently under the leadership of Prof Bongani Mayosi (South Africa)