In December 2015, The Last Hope team flew to Sudan to visit the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery and the Paediatric Clinic in the Mayo Refugee Camp. The team were shown around the various hospitals and saw first hand the incredible work carried out every day by the Emergency staff who have given their lives to care for those in need. The hospitals are sterile and safe environments that act as a haven in these poverty-stricken areas. The state of the art equipment and highly trained staff help to save lives every day, from malnourished children to open heart surgery.
The Salam Centre, located just outside Khartoum, provides highly specialized and free of charge treatment to patients with either congenital or acquired heart diseases. The Salam Centre provides services on a humanitarian basis, without any political, ideological, or religious discrimination. The services are totally free of charge for all patients and include medical and surgical treatments, drugs, follow-up, food and clothing for all the admission period. Specialized international staff have been appointed to ensure a high standard of surgical care and to carry out a proper training program for national personnel. Cardiac diseases of surgical interest are extremely common in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current estimates for cardiovascular diseases in Africa amount to 300,000 deaths every year. The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery is the only facility in this region offering free-of-charge, qualified cardiac surgical care.
The Paediatric Clinic in Mayo provides primary healthcare for the children in Mayo IDP Camp, on the outskirts of the capital city, Khartoum. The main facilities of the Paediatric Centre include 2 consultation rooms, laboratory, pharmacy, six-bed observation ward, and a veranda that serves as waiting area. The Centre is equipped with an ambulance to refer the children in need of hospitalisation to Bashair hospital in Khartoum. Emergency has started an outreach program in different areas of the IDP camp: the staff of the Paediatric Centre organizes health education sessions, screening for malnutrition and prenatal care for pregnant women, as well as vaccination programs in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.