Cardiac Care in East Africa Offers a Brighter Future for Pediatric Patients
By Kristin Hubing
Strep throat is a ubiquitous childhood illness in the United States — and easily treated with a short course of antibiotics. Soon it’s a distant memory for the infected child. But in the developing East African country of Uganda, where recurrent Streptococcal infections often go untreated, the consequences are dire. Rheumatic fever can ensue, which causes chronic rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Without surgical intervention, RHD–induced cardiac fibrosis can lead to heart failure and possibly death.