Unprecedented Rheumatic Heart Disease Maningrida Australia – Take Heart

Unprecedented Rheumatic Heart Disease Maningrida Australia – Take Heart


– So, we’ve always felt that Maningrida had one of the highest rates
of rheumatic heart disease in the top end of Australia, but perhaps in the entire world. It was not unusual for us to have up to three or
four children per year from this really small community of a population of about 3,000 to be flying down to Melbourne and have open heart surgery
from a preventable disease. – There’s Malawi, places in
Africa, Brazil in South America, Fiji in the Pacific has a lot. So these are places that have a lot of rheumatic heart disease. I want to show you now if you put the if you put
the numbers from Maningrida on this chart, what it looks like because I think it gives
you a really strong idea of what a big problem
this is for Maningrida. Why together we’re focusing on it so much. Because that’s what Maningrida
looks like here on the left, if you put it next to all the other ones. And so, we found more
than 4% of the children had definite rheumatic
heart disease in Maningrida that we screened. And what it says to us is that problem of rheumatic heart disease here in Maningrida is
worse than anywhere else that we know of, anywhere that
Bo’s worked or I’ve worked. So, that’s a really big thing for me. That’s a heavy thing and
I look at this community and I think we have to
do something together and it can’t be me or Bo
or other philanthropist just coming in and trying
to fix it from the outside. It’s gotta be us working together to say now do we start to turn this around and change what’s going
on here in Maningrida? (bouncy, bass thumping beat)