Heart of Africa
Professor Simon Stewart, Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health, in collaboration with leading cardiologists from Africa, recently met with his fellow editors to finalise plans for the Heart of Africa book, describing the development of an increasingly robust network of heart health researchers across the African continent.
Led and funded by Professor Stewart and his team (who are donating 600 free copies to clinicians and researchers in Africa delivering care to those affected by heart disease in Africa), the book describes the ‘best of’ research in Africa focusing on heart disease in the past decade. As such, the book has key contributions from leading African clinicians and researchers including Professor Bongani Myosi from Cape Town University describing research to improve health outcomes in those affected by infectious forms of heart disease, Professor Albertino Damasceno from Eduardo University in Mozambique describing the impact of non-communicable forms of heart disease and Dr Ogah from Abuja Hospital in Nigeria outlining the spectrum and burden of heart failure in the region.
The book represents an ‘African first’ and reflects the Institute’s long-standing research collaborations (including the internationally renowned Heart of Soweto Study) to monitor and respond to the evolving impact of heart disease in Africa.
The President of the Pan-African Society of Cardiology, Professor Bongani Myosi will launch the book at this year’s scientific meeting in Tunisia.