Addis Ababa University, SACH sign MoU to perform heart surgery

Jan 23, 2014 

Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences – Black Lion Hospital (AAU-BLH) to perform heart surgery on 50-75 children from Ethiopia at Wolfson Medical Centre in Israel next year.

According to a joint press release, the MoU builds on foundation relationship between SACH and the Children’s Heart Fund that performed over 300 pediatric heart surgeries in Israel over the past 15 years. It also expands on a relationship between SACH and Jimma University Hospital (JUH) which has served over 50 children and includes building capacity at JUH.

SACH is an Israel-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centres of competence in these countries. It is dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child’s nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation.

The release indicated that SACH has also provided advanced training to three Ethiopian pediatric cardiologists, one cardiac care physician, and a surgeon from Jimma University is currently in training with SACH in pediatric cardiac surgery. The MoU with AAU-BLH also includes support from SACH and Danya International in assisting to build long-term capacity for pediatric cardiac care within Ethiopia.

The release also said the Ethiopian Airlines will be providing assistance to fly the child patients to Israel for heart surgery in support of this MoU. For the past 18 years, the national carrier has stretched its helping hands to provide air transportation to hundreds of children to travel to Tell Aviv, the US, Delhi and Bangkok, so that they can undergo heart surgeries, the release added.

This MoU is also supported by the Ethiopian Airlines who will be providing partial assistance to fly the child patients to Israel for surgery. Special thanks also go to the Israeli Embassy in Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian Embassy in Israel for their sincere support.

Ethiopia Press

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