Outcomes from Khartoum heart hospital match the best Western centres

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1152
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. 1Milan

    A specialist cardiac hospital on the outskirts of Khartoum in Sudan has become a beacon of excellence for Africa, with outcomes that at least match and sometimes better similar centres in Europe and the United Sates.

    The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery was set up by the Italian medical relief agency Emergency with some funding from the Sudanese government.

    Since it opened its doors in April 2007 more than 7500 patients from 11 African countries have been seen by the centre’s doctors, and many of them have benefited from surgery previously unavailable in the region.

    The principles that underpin the hospital—equality, quality, and social responsibility—are a blueprint for new health systems …

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