The Burden of Children’s Heart Disease in Ethiopia

Many sub-Saharan African countries have high rates of heart diseases in children and young adults, including congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease. This is especially true in countries where primary prevention and post treatment has often been neglected as a large scale strategy. In Ethiopia, only one NGO is working on children’s heart disease showing the massive work the country needs to accomplish in the future. However, officials argue that the government is working to improve the situation. EBR’s Surafel Dereje spoke with stakeholders to discover the extent of the problem and efforts undertaken to ease the situation.

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