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WHO Director-General visits the Salam Centre


“A high-quality service that allows even the most complex cases to be treated according to international standards”.

This is how Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), described our work at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum during his opening speech at the World Health Summit in Berlin. He highlighted the importance of our role as a strategic partner for local authorities in Africa in the process of building efficient healthcare facilities that can ensure free, high-quality care for all.

Ghebreyesus also told Hassam’s story, a thirteen-year-old boy from Darfur whom he met during his visit to the Salam Centre, accompanied by EMERGENCY President Rossella Miccio.

WHO's Director-General with a patient during his visit at EMERGENCY' Salam Centre

Hassam suffers from sickle cell anaemia and doctors have also diagnosed him with rheumatic cardiomyopathy, aggravated by malaria. He received free, technically-advanced surgery at the Salam Centre. His life expectancy was completely transformed thanks to this, and Hassam can finally think about the future again.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speech on 16 October at the World Health Summit in Berlin