Cardiac Disease in Maternity Program and HEDUZA educate woman about healthy pregnancy
The Cardiac Disease in Maternity Programme, alongside Health Education South Africa (HEDUZA) have initiated an education programme to help woman maintain good health during pregnancy.
The project was started in 2011 by Prof. Karen Sliwa, of the University of Cape Town, as well as Dr. Friedrich Thienemann and Christiaan Diedericks from Integerafrica. The project is linked to the Heart and Maternity clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa. A weekly clinic is run by Prof. Sliwa, Prof. John Anthony, and Dr. Catherine Elliot from the Department of Obstetrics.
Incidences of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy are on the increase around the world, leading to a high morbidity and mortality, in particular in countries with limited resources. Awareness around cardiovascular disease in pregnancy is particularly poor in sub-Saharan countries.
HEDUZA interacts specifically with pregnant women of varied social-economic and educational backgrounds, and aims to strengthen the knowledge base of health care workers around the topic of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy in Africa.
After only seven months of development, the HEDUZA run operation is currently underway in Cape Town and at two sites in Soweto, via staff members of the Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the initiative, with many reporting to have found members of the HEDUZA team informative, interactive and fun.