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UCT Prof crowned first female from Africa to head World Heart Federation

Cardiologist and UCT researcher, Professor Karen Sliwa has recently been elected as the president of the World Heart Federation.

Sliwa is the first female and first person from the African continent to head up the federation.

She explains that the federation is the largest NGO tackling awareness about cardiac disease and other non-common illnesses.

As she makes her mark on the global stage, Sliwa says she plans to fight hypertension and other cardio-vascular diseases by uniting efforts and strengthening legislation.

I see my role as bringing the 200 societies of the federation together to build a larger force and to influence policies.

Professor Karen Sliwa, UCT’s Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa

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