Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery
Cardiac surgery for patients from around the world.
The Salam Centre is one of the few cardiac surgery hospitals in Africa providing highly specialised, free treatment to patients suffering from acquired and congenital cardiovascular diseases. Most of the illnesses treated are of the rheumatic variety and disproportionately affect poorer countries, where antibiotics aren’t widely available and hygiene conditions are worse than those in the West, where these illness have virtually disappeared. Rheumatic illness affects over 18 million people in Africa. They can be caused by an ordinary bout of tonsillitis that goes untreated. If rheumatic illness remain untreated theycan deform the heart valves and result in serious consequences for the normal growth and life of the patient.
The Salam Centre is linked to a network of EMERGENCY paediatric centres where our cardiologists screen children and adults with heart conditions, identifying those who need to be operated on in Khartoum and providing all the necessary post-op care. Where there is no EMERGENCY facility, we organise screening sessions in local hospitals in collaboration with the health authorities of the host country.
To date, the Salam Centre has treated patients from 25 different countries – not only African countries – as part of the African Network of Medical Excellence (ANME). After the surgery, patients from outside Khartoum are accommodated in our guest quarters (free of charge) for the entire period of their convalescence, along with the relatives who have accompanied them.
The centre is highly innovative from an environmental perspective; the building is designed to minimise energy consumption, using vegetation to mitigate the heat and a solar panel system for cooling. The Salam Centre has won numerous architecture awards, including the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, for innovative buildings that combine architectural excellence with a positive impact on the quality of life of the surrounding communities. The video below looks in greater detail at these architectural achievements.
Activities: Paediatric cardiac surgery, Adult cardiac surgery, Cardiology, Interventional cardiology
Facilities: A&E, Outpatients clinic, 3 Operating theatres, Sterilisation, Intensive care, Wards, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Laboratory and Blood Bank, Pharmacy, Classrooms, Playroom, Technical and auxiliary services, Guesthouse
Bed capacity: 63
National staff: 410
Cardiological examinations: 63,482
Surgical interventions: 7,407
Diagnostic and hemodynamic procedures: 1,343
Foreign patients: 1,262
(Data correct as of 31 December, 2017)