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The Cape Heart Institute (CHI) is actively involved in various outreach initiatives. See here a few examples.  

Capacity building in Mozambique

This regional partnership aims to build capacity for the design and implementation of research for chronic cardiovascular diseases in Mozambique. The CHI research group Heart of Africa and the Mozambican Institute for Health Education and Research (MIHER) work on several collaborative research projects and initiatives through which the CHI links with the departments of the Eduardo Mondlane University (Maputo) and the Mozambique National Institute of Health Directorate of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Projects and intitiatives: 

  • Advocacy film highlighting the issue of rheumatic heart disease in peripartum women: The Beat of Change: Rheumatic Heart Disease in Mozambique. Winner of the special prize for Health Equity in the World Health Organization (WHO) Health for All Film Festival 2020.
  • Colouring book for children learning about rheumatic heart disease
  • Developmental plans for young researchers
  • Academic lectures on cardiovascular health and COVID-19 

Building capacity in Ethopia: The TASH program

The Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) of Addis Ababa University’s College of Health Science received funding from the Ethiopian and Dutch government to build and equip a new Cardiac Center. Philips was given the responsibility to develop the project which includes 480 weeks of training for Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons as well as Anaesthetists.

The University of Cape Town was approached and eventually chosen as the training partner based on its reputation and experience in these fields. The responsibility and execution of the program was given to members of the CHI. An extensive training program across the different disciplines was developed which includes on-site modules in both facilities. The aim is to enable the new Cardiac Center to serve its patients to the best of its own abilities. For more, read the article Philips to build €40m cardiac hospital in Ethiopia, the country’s first (Global Construction Review, 24 May 2018)

For more information, email Prof. Karen Sliwa.

Building research capacity in Namibia: UNAM

Building research capacity in Namibia is part of an European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) project lead by Professor Friedrich Thienemann, Professor Reto Guler and colleagues from Germany, the UK and Switzerland. It entails capacity building at the University of Namibia (UNAM) and networking young African scientists as independent researchers and future principal investigators for clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa. We will create a dynamic exchange platform for professionals between our African and European partner institutes and deliver tailored capacity-building measures to:

  • help strengthen existing capacities at the University; 
  • support the site in becoming an established site; and
  • support the site in becoming a well-networked participant in international Phase 3 clinical trials.

For more information, email Prof. Friedrich Thienemann.

UCT CHI UNAM project