(updated to 31/12/2013)
Cardiological examinations: 42,436
Surgical interventions: 5,261
Cath Lab procedures: 1,221
Foreign patients: 852 (from 25 different countries)
Valvular diseases of rheumatic origin have a particular prominence; their development is often related to poverty and lack of basic healthcare.
The incidence of these diseases is particularly high among young people. 61% of patients admitted to the Salam Centre are under the age of 26. The Salam Centre is the only Centre of excellence providing completely free cardiac surgery in Africa.
The Salam Centre is the only specialized and free hospital in Africa and it is the hub of the Regional Programme for Paediatrics and Cardiac Surgery which EMERGENCY is creating in Africa thanks to a network of Paediatric centres. These Centres offer paediatrics assistance and carry out the screening of patients with a heart condition who need an operation and the follow up of operated patients.
Where EMERGENCY can't rely on its own facilities, the cardiologists carry out the visits in local hospitals, thanks to the local health autorities collaboration.
Since the beginning of clinical activities, the Salam Centre has already treated patients from 25 countries.
The Regional specificity of the project should stimulate collaboration and solidarity between different ethnic and culture groups, in a region marked by decades of conflict.
This is also the reason why the Centre of Khartoum is named "Salam", which means peace.
EMERGENCY has built a guesthouse within the compound in order to facilitate access to services by providing free accommodations to foreign patients.
If you want to know more about Salam Centre's activities, visit www.salamcentre.emergency.it
Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind and embark on a life or death journey to receive high-risk open-heart surgery in Africa's only free-of-charge, state of the art cardiac surgery hospital, the Salam Center run by the Italian NGO Emergency: their story is featured in Open Heart, the movie directed by Kief Davidson and nominated for the 85th Academy Awards.
Watch the trailer and buy the film online.
EMERGENCY Ngo's Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan, is one of the 2013 Aga Khan Awards for Architecture winners!