In Samoan, they call it ma’i o le fatu or
sickness of the heart. Samoa has the highest prevalence of rheumatic heart disease in the world. Strep throat when it goes untreated can result in
rheumatic heart disease and death. If we find these children soon enough we can give them the treatment they need to live long and healthy lives. Once they’re educated, they’re able
to educate other people. It’s not an overstatement to say that
lives are being saved. BYU’s emphasis always comes back to
enter to learn and go forth to serve. Our students come home and they know
what I’m learning in the classroom matters.