Many people in low- and middle-income countries need cardiac surgery, but are unable to access it.
This is typified by those suffering from Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), which is endemic in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. In the case of progression of rheumatic fever, open-heart surgery with valve repair or replacement becomes the only available treatment option to allow a return to an active life.
Since 2007, EMERGENCY’s Salam Centre in Khartoum has been playing a pivotal role in tackling Rheumatic Heart Disease, alongside congenital cardiac conditions, by providing free-of-charge and high-quality surgery as well as pre- and- post-operative care.
On #WorldHeartDay, we share the latest on EMERGENCY’s approach to this critical health need. A sustainable model of innovative healthcare, showing that it is possible – and right – to provide free, quality surgery and care to everyone who needs it.
EMERGENCY's Paper on Frontiers' Journal
“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.