The World Summit on “Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Services, Education and Cardiac Care in Children and Adults with Congenital Heart Disease” was recently hosted by Christo Tchervenkov, Director of cardiovascular surgery at Montreal Children’s
Hospital in Montreal 19 — 21 June 2008.
The objectives of the World Summit are to build a global coalition to improve cardiac care for children and adults with paediatric and congenital heart disease across the world and to establish a multi-societal World Federation for paediatric and congenital heart disease.
This year the Summit was dedicated to Walter and
Albertina Sisulu and all the cardiac children of the world.
The first day of the summit highlighted all that is new and innovative in the field of paediatric and congenital heart disease. The second day was depressing as every continent presented the reality of its deficits and overwhelming need of cardiac children. Dr John Hewittson from Red Cross
Children’s Hospital presented the African scenario while Dr Hendrik Mamorare from WSPCCA presented the South Africa scenario. The third day of the summit, Lynda Bleazard presented the WSPCCA – “a ray of hope for a continent in need” along with other presentations of hope and
inspiration from other continents.
Elinor Sisulu was the keynote speaker and received a standing ovation after discussing Walter and Albertina’s Legacy for the care of children as well as her courageous involvement and heroic
attempts at democracy for Zimbabwe.
This world summit was a fantastic networking opportunity and has created a springboard to “partner” with other first-world centres and become involved in staff exchange, skills updates and further training and development.
Dr Tchervenkov together with Dr Stellin from Padova, Italy, recently visited the WSPCCA in March 2008 and participated in the WSPCCA’s first Day Symposium. It was after this symposium that they invited the WSPCCA to participate in the World Summit. Dr. Robin Kingsley is on the inaugural board of the World Society for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and plans to make the WSPCCA Day Symposium an annual event .
We have to take this opportunity to thank Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, Netcare Chairman’s Fund and Southern Sun who sponsored our inaugural 2008 Day Symposium.