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The Revived Global Movement to Improve Rheumatic Heart Disease Care

Chris Longenecker, MD
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chris Longenecker, MD
Think Global

Associate Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
¿University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute

About the lecture
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) affects about 40 million persons globally mostly in low- and lower-middle income countries, more than the number of persons estimated to be living with HIV. Yet, global RHD research and development funding is <0.1% of what is spent on HIV/AIDS. Despite years of neglect, a global movement to tackle RHD is building and can claim recent successes, including a resolution from the World Health Assembly in 2018. Dr. Longenecker will share how he and colleagues are leveraging HIV/AIDS infrastructure to decentralize and improve the quality of RHD care in Uganda. He will discuss lessons learned from HIV/AIDS and the power of multi-lateral North-South and South-South collaborations to achieve ambitious global health goals.

Lunch will be provided. This event is part of Think Global, a weekly lecture series at the Duke Global Health Institute. It is free and open to the public. Parking for Trent Hall is available in the Duke Medicine Circle Parking Garage, located at 302 Trent Drive.