“Treating Children With Advanced Rheumatic Heart Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: The NGO EMERGENCY’s Project at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan”, EMERGENCY’s scientific publication in the journal “Frontiers in Pediatrics”, presents the activities and clinical results of the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan, and in particular those obtained on pediatric patients under 15 years of age suffering from advanced rheumatic heart disease. It also takes an in-depth look at EMERGENCY’s model of care, based on excellence and at the service of African citizens who, like everyone else, have the right to receive free, high-quality care.
The Salam Centre is the Regional Programme for Cardiac Surgery’s core: patients coming from 32 different countries were operated there. It is also a centre for continuous training for local health workers, essential to strengthen the professional skills of Sudanese medical staff and build effective and sustainable health models.
Since its opening in 2007, more than 8,000 patients have been operated at Salam Centre. 2,354 of them were children, mainly Sudanese; 1,138, corresponding to 56% of total children, suffered from Rheumatic Heart Disease.
The results obtained in those years of activity show that building an excellence hospital, offering free cardiac surgery and post-operative assistance can be a vector of positive changing in the long term. Sharing these results means sharing our mission: allow African citizens to be recipient, like every other citizen in the world, of healthcare benefits coming from the best scientific conquests in the medical field, in name of equality, dignity and rights.