HeFSSA Annual Report 2015

Nov 12, 2015

HeFSSA is supported by loyal corporate members committed to programs related to heart failure (through generous unconditional, educational grants). Our sincere appreciation goes to Amayeza, AstraZeneca, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Meda Pharma, Medtronic, Merck, Novartis, Pharma Dynamics and Servier for their continuous support.

In addition to our continued educational focus HeFSSA is also working on impacting on medicine supply at clinic level in the public sector (“down referral”), working with private managed care organisation(s) to ensure adequate training for frontline staff, nurses and pharmacists, as well enhancing their systems when dealing with patients. Eric Klug was a key note speaker at the quarterly Medical Advisors Group breakfast lecture meeting that was held in Johannesburg on 6 August 2015. The topic was “Heart Failure – Information shedding and sharing" was well received by the audience.

HeFSSA is also impacting on Patient Empowerment through a smart phone applicationthat has been developed by Servier and offered with HeFSSA endorsement (after extensive due diligence). Eric Klug, Lenny Steingo, Jens Hitzeroth and Karen Sliwa in addition to other Exco members were instrumental in this process. This application was introduced during the HeFSSA GP Program for 2015.

HeFSSA has established the annual “HeFSSA Travel Award” to help enhance local expertise and interest in heart failure in South Africa. We hope that knowledge gained will be shared through appropriate channels with colleagues. This award is available to cardiologists, cardiology fellows or physicians with a special interest in heart failure. The applicant must be a paid-up member of SA Heart and HeFSSA and the accredited congress/educational program must have a focus on Heart Failure. Two grants to maximum value of R 25,000 are available and can be utilised towards airfare (economy class), congress registration, and accommodation. Please contact the HeFSSA office or go to www.hefssa.org/static/education-at-hefssa/ to apply online for the 2015 award which is still available (at the time of writing). This award will only be available in alternate years to a prior recipient.

The HeFSSA Medical Practitioners Programcontinues to be of great value to the medical community as well as the pharmaceutical and device industry and it is also the main vehicle we use to achieve our educational goals. The program started in 2010 with approximately 200 GP’s who attended the first year’s course. Since thenwe offered the course annually and has established it both metropolitan and rural areas. This program is in its 6th consecutive year and continues to be generously supported by industry;Amayeza, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Pharma Dynamics and Servier.

The theme for 2015 was Women and Heart Failureand the topics are: Implantable devices, women and heart failure; Peri-partum cardiomyopathy; Hypertension in pregnancy and Elderly women with Heart Failure.  The case based talks for this year’s program were compiled by Eric Klug, Andrew Asherson, Len Steingo and Karen Sliwa. Practitioners had the opportunity to earn 3 extra CPD points by completing an online CME questionnaire. On successful completion of the questionnaire a certificate is electronically issued. The faculty members for 2015 were HeFSSA Exco members as well as other distinguished South African cardiologist with an interest in Heart Failure: Drs. Eric Klug, Len Steingo, Simon Beshir, Jens Hitzeroth, Ronnie Jardine, Darryl Smith, Eamon Maree, Adriaan Snyders, Dave Kettles, Wayne Lubbe, Jean Vorster, Adekunle Adeyemo, Derick Aucamp, Danie Marx, Makoali Makotoko, Brian Vezi, Leslie Ponnusamy, Martin Mpe, Mongezi Milela, James Potts, Jacques Du Toit, Charles Kyriakakis, Jens Hitzeroth, Sydney Blake, André Lochner and Cobus Badenhorst. This year’s meetings were held in Johannesburg, Windhoek, East Rand, Nelspruit, East - London, Rustenburg, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban, Potchefstroom, George and Pretoria.

In addition, an “African Outreach” took place in Maputo, Mozambique on 30 March with approximately 100 attendees where Karen Sliwa represented HeFSSA. Faculty included Profs Ana Mocumbi, Albertino Damasceno, Simon Stewart and Me Sandra Pretorius.  This was HeFSSA / PASCAR collaboration together with the local Mozambique Cardiac Society.

HeFSSA will be involved in the SA Heart Congress, 25 – 28 October 2015,at Sun City. Dr Makoali Makotoko is the organiser of the HeFSSA Congress sessions and compiled a challenging program. All the HeFSSA members are requested to attend the HeFSSA sessions. The HeFSSA AGM for 2015 will be held during the SA Heart Congress. Please be on the lookout for further notification of the details.

HeFSSA further invested in education by hosting the annual Cardio Update for Non-Cardiologists. Servier was the sponsor with Martin Mpe and Nico van der Merwe as the convenors.This year the update took place on Sunday, 25 October 2015 at Sun City from 13:00 – 17:00. Faculty members are Eric Klug, Gideon Visagie, Martin Mpe, Ronnie Jardine, Brian Vezi, Nico van der Merwe and Elsabe de Kock (subject of Euthanasia: Where are we in 2015?).  

The HeFSSA websiteis continually updated. Please visit www.hefssa.org and contact the HeFSSA office to contribute. HeFSSA encourages all parties who want to be involved in heart failure to contact George Nel, HeFSSA Executive Officer at info@heffsa.org to facilitate the process.

Best wishes,

Eric Klug

HeFSSA President

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