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The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum is a truly innovative model of humanitarian intervention. The aim of the project is to bring healthcare of excellence to Africa as well, putting into practice the belief in the unquestionable right of every human being to receive free high quality medical treatment.

On the strength of the results achieved by the Salam Centre, in May 2008 EMERGENCY gathered the delegations of the Ministries of Health of eight African countries for the international workshop "Building Medicine in Africa. Principles and Strategies", hosted on San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy.
EMERGENCY and the representatives of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda discussed on how to ensure the right to free high quality healthcare to African citizens.


The conclusions of the workshop were formalized in the document Manifesto for a Human Rights Based Medicine in which the signatories recognize the "right to be treated" as a "basic and inalienable right belonging to each and every member of the human community" and ask for a health system based on equality, quality and social responsibility.