Take Heart Film narrated by Stan Grant
Take Heart RHD Film about the quest to rid Australasia of RHD Rheumatic Heart Disease

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Q:  What disease starts as a sore throat in children and ends with open heart surgery, heart failure, permanent disability, stroke and premature death?


Clue: It kills 1000 people every day, affects over30 million children and young people and is 100% preventable…

Take Heart is a global film-led, media communications initiative designed to put Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas.

The project will be released in 4 parts:

Part 1        –   Australasia
Part 2        –   Africa & the Middle East
Part 3        –   Asia
Part 4        –   Latin America

Take Heart will be distributed across a variety of platforms including public theatrical screenings, festivals and cultural events, on television, as a series of short films, online, social media, video-on-demand, DVD/ Blu-Ray, photography exhibitions and smartphone apps.



 RHD is preventable, but it currently affects over 30 million young people worldwide.


Take Heart reveals the incredible true-life stories of young people living with RHD, their families and health workers caring for them.

The stakes are high for these kids, RHD is life-threatening and they must comply with strict medication schedules to stay alive.

Regular health checks, restricted activities and frequent hospital admissions are commonplace and they rely on the support of their family, friends and community health workers to keep them on track.

This is not easy as most young people living with RHD are from poor, disadvantaged and often remote communities.

Perhaps this situation is made worse knowing that RHD is 100% preventable.




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Contact Producer:  Mike Hill mike@moonshine.agency





Presenting Sponsor:

Aspen Foundation

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Supporting Sponsors:

Snow Foundation

National Heart Foundation of Australia

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

New Zealand Ministry of Health

Cure Kids

World Heart Federation

NT Cardiac

RHD Australia

Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System

Production Company:

Moonshine Agency


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