Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

The Salam Centre is run and managed by the Italian based humanitarian organisation EMERGENCY.
Since April 2007, the Centre provides high standard, free of charge paediatric and adult cardiac surgery.

The Regional Network

The Centre named Salam (the Arabic word for "peace”) promotes cooperation and solidarity between different peoples and cultures.

A very extensive region, covering an area of 11.5 million square kilometres (more than three times the size of Europe) with a population of over 300 million people, includes Sudan and its neighbors: Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery is the only facility in this region offering free-of-charge, qualified cardiac surgical care.

In order to ensure adequate screening and postoperative follow-up for patients coming from far away locations, EMERGENCY is implementing a network of medical facilities around the Salam Centre, within Sudan and surrounding countries.

These facilities will be mainly working as Paediatric Centres. Besides providing paediatric care, the Centres – equipped with laboratory, echocardiography and radiology units – will ensure screening of children and adults affected by cardiac diseases and follow up for patients operated at the Salam Centre.

EMERGENCY already signed a Technical Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Governments of Eritrea and Central African Republic; similar agreements are currently being formalized with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

The Salam Centre has already treated patients from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, Iraq, Ciad, Jordania, Somalia, Burundi, Djibuti, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Italy (Italian citizens temporarily resident in Sudan). The Sudanese patients have come from all over the 26 States forming Sudan.

Whenever needed EMERGENCY provides free transportation for foreign patients to and from the Salam Centre. Relatives accompanying young patients are accommodated in the Salam Centre’s guest house located within the hospital compound.

In agreement with the Sudanese Health Authorities also patients coming from abroad are entitled to receive full free of charge services.

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