Operation: Zambia

clip_image002The Cardiac Trust of Zambia has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the WSPHF in order to improve the quality of cardiac healthcare amongst children in Zambia.

Christopher Kangwa, the CEO of CK Scientific Zambia, a medical equipment company, is also the head of the Cardiac Trust of Zambia and, along with a host of public-spirited people including medical professionals, lawyers, public relations professionals and accountants, has established the Trust to make surgery and intervention more accessible to Zambia’s less fortunate.

In terms of the MoU signed with the WSPCCA, the Cardiac Trust of Zambia will be able to identify qualifying cases that can be sent to South Africa – courtesy of Zambezi Airlines – for the necessary surgery and be able to pay a heavily discounted surgical fee for each case.

The Trust is also currently in negotiations with some major banks in Zambia, as well as mobile operators, and retail shops to help contribute to the Trust and build up a pool of funds that can be used on a wider basis for children throughout Zambia.

Another key component of the work the Cardiac Trust of Zambia will be doing in conjunction with the WSPCCA, is skills development and capacity building.

According to research commissioned by the UTH as part of the Zambian Demographic and Health Survey, heart conditions range from congenital diseases seen in young babies and children to the acquired types which can be either due to infections or factors such as high blood pressure.

It’s a sad reality that less than 1% of children in Africa benefit from corrective cardiac surgery – even though 95% of all congenital heart defects are treatable.

We look forward to a long and very successful partnership with our new friends in Zambia!

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About The WSPCF

The Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) is a philanthropic paediatric cardiac foundation for Africa, focussing on delivering life-saving surgery for underprivileged children with congenital heart disorders from across Africa. It also aims to develop diagnostic and treatment skills amongst Africa’s medical fraternity and conducts critical research into paediatric cardiac healthcare. The cardiac surgery or intervention is undertaken at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa situated in Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, , as well as at Cape Town’s Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals. The WSPCF was founded by Dr. Robin Kinsley in 2003, and was established as a living legacy to the late Walter Sisulu and his widow, Albertina, both of whom dedicated their lives to helping children in need.
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