The “Salam” Centre for Cardiac Surgery

Sudan - Soba Hilla, Khartoum


Surgical interventions


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The only Cardiac Surgery hospital in an area inhabited by over 300 million people.

The Salam Centre in Khartoum offers high quality assistance to patients with congenital and acquired surgical diseases.

The Centre has so far treated patients from 28 Countries. International staff oversee the training of local medical staff to ensure high standards of care and professionalism of the staff from Sudan and neighboring Countries.

Cardiologists and Cardiac Surgeons in Africa?

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization, cardiac illnesses are becoming the most common cause of mortality in Africa.

The Centre therefore originates from a simple idea: to put into practice a new model of intervention in developing Countries, which provides not only basic health and emergency interventions, but also highly specialized care such as cardiac surgery.

Patients in the Salam Centre suffer mainly from valvular rheumatic disorders, with a high incidence rate among young people: 56% of our patients are less than 26 years of age.

Rheumatic disease

In Africa, there are over 18 million people affected by rheumatic disease, an inflammatory cardiac valve disease caused by an untreated type A beta haemolytic streptococcus infection.

A simple case of tonsillitis, if neglected, can increase the risk of contracting the disease: the absence of healthcare facilities that can provide adequate prophylaxis and treatment makes the rheumatic fever a major cause of cardiovascular disease. If the streptococcus is not treated with an antibiotic, it can deform the heart valves, preventing normal blood flow with serious consequences on the patient’s growth and quality of life.

In Sudan, the incidence of rheumatic disease is 1 per 1000 inhabitants. In the West, however, it has virtually disappeared: it affects 1 person per 100,000 and is easily preventable and curable.


One of the objectives of the project is to foster relationships between the Countries through mutual collaboration within the health sector in a region marked by decades of conflict. For this reason, the Cardiac Surgery Centre is called Salam, “Peace“.

In order to assist patients arriving from distant locations, patients living outside Khartoum and their accompanying relatives are welcome to stay in our guesthouse for the duration of their convalescence.


The Salam Centre is also extremely innovative in an environmental sense: with its construction we wanted to minimize energy consumption by using heat mitigation ventilation and a thermal solar panel plant for cooling the building.

The Centre has won numerous architectural awards, including the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, designed for innovative buildings that combine architectural excellence with a positive impact on the quality of life of surrounding communities.

Open Heart

The story of eight Rwandan children who leave their families behind and embark on a life or death journey to receive high-risk open-heart surgery at the Salam Centre. In 2013, "Open Heart" was nominated for the Academy Awards in the "Documentary Short" category. Buy the movie now.

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