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!