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Director-General of WHO Supports EMERGENCY’s Work in Africa

On 1 February, EMERGENCY hosted representatives from 15 African nations at our Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan, as part the ‘African Network of Medical Excellence: Moving Forwardconference.

We were honoured to receive the support of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization. In a video address to the conference, he commended our work: “Since it’s opening in 2007, the Salam Centre has demonstrated that delivering high standards of operative care is possible in resource-limited settings.”

Dr Tedros visited the Salam Centre in 2018. He recalled a 13-year-old boy he met at the time, who had been diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease and undergone surgery. “Thanks to the free services offered at the Cardiac Centre…he had the prospect of living a full, active and productive life. I hope he is well and grown-up.”

Watch Dr Tedros’s full address here:

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