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Echo in Africa dates 2016

The 2016 project will take place the following weeks:


Week 1:           9th May – 13th May (cancelled)

Week 2:           25th July – 29th July (cancelled)

Week 3:           1st August – 5th August

Week 4:           17th October – 21st October

Week 5:           24th October – 28th October


Further dates may be added to the 2016 project, as soon as they have been confirmed we will update the Echo in Africa website

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Welcome to Echo in Africa – What is it all about?

Not enough is known about Rheumatic Heart Disease.

There are 15.6 million people worldwide living with the consequences of rheumatic heart disease.  Most of these people live in areas with severe social and economic challenges.

These include

Premature death

Disability from heart failure

Maternal and infant mortality

The tragedy is that with early detection and proper treatment many of these devastating complications can be prevented.

Early detection is best provided by ultrasound of the heart (echocardiography)

So Echo in Africa will have three major research projects attached to its program of screening

To establish the frequency and severity of early stage rheumatic heart disease in disadvantaged children in the Western Cape.

To establish whether handheld echo devices can offer an equally accurate assessment for rheumatic heart disease.

To validate simple and abbreviated scan protocols that might be suitable to use for field screening, by non sonographers and therefore extend the possibility of early detection to rural and isolated communities.

Because Echo in Africa will scan many children, it will have the power to answer these questions, which will be of lasting value, to future programs.

…and that is what Echo in Africa is all about

This site has been created by the British Society of Echocardiography and is the dedicated site for our ongoing Echo in Africa humanitarian projects taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.

We will keep this site updated with general information about the project during the run up to the event and our volunteers will also be able to submit real time updates on a daily basis once they’re on the ground in Cape Town.

You can also follow us on Facebook page and register to receive our Tweets.


Donate here

There are many ways in which you can make a donation to the Echo in Africa project. The easiest of which is via Virgin Money Giving:

Echo in Africa – Virgin Money Giving Page


Alternatively you can send a donation  via textEiA textgiving

If you would like to send a cheque or make a bank transfer please contact British Society of Echocardiography for further details

Email :

Phone: 0207 345 5185

Tygerberg hospital

Volunteer Application Pack 2016

We are currently still looking for volunteers to take part in out project for 2016

If you added your name to the expression of interest list you will already have received a copy of the Volunteer Pack.  Don’t worry if you haven’t expressed your interest in the project yet; you can view the information pack and application form via the link below:

Download: Volunteer Application Pack



Here are images from Week 1 of the project…

The project team attended a Parents Meeting at a local participating school to talk to the parents about the project…

School visit

School visit 2

School visit 3

During Week 1 we screened 40 students each day…





Part of the research aspect is comparing images acquired on full machines and the GE VScan…



We had several pathologies week 1 and the volunteers gather to discuss and review the images…