African Network of Medical Excellence

African Network of Medical Excellence

We believe the same standard of healthcare we consider appropriate for ourselves is appropriate for people in developing countries.

The African Network of Medical Excellence (ANME) is a highly innovative model of humanitarian intervention developed with multi-national cooperation. The aim of the project is to bring high-quality healthcare to Africa, while asserting the right of every human being to receive free, quality healthcare.

In May 2008, EMERGENCY invited delegations of the Health Ministries of eight African countries to Venice for an international “Building Medicine in Africa” seminar. Representatives of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda attended and discussed how strengthening national healthcare systems in developing countries is critical to improving the health of the populations, particularly the most vulnerable groups. The conclusions of the seminar formed the “Manifesto for Medicine Based on Human Rights“, in which the signatories recognize the “right to be treated” as a “fundamental and inalienable right of every member of the human community”, and ask for a health service based on equality, quality and social responsibility. These principles served as the foundation for the African Network of Medical Excellence (ANME).

Changing the Landscape of Healthcare in Africa

The African Network of Medical Excellence (ANME) is a multi-national health project formed in 2010 by the ministries of health of Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda in cooperation with EMERGENCY.

The ANME aims to enhance each country's capability to deliver state-of-the-art health care, and to promote medical and scientific cooperation by building Centers of Excellence in each participating country.

EMERGENCY’s Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan was the first Center of Excellence, and has since operated on over 6,000 patients since it opened in 2007.

The Regional Hospital for Pediatric Surgery, in Entebbe, Uganda will be the second Center of Excellence. Plans for additional Centers of Excellence include: Trauma and Rehabilitation (Chad); Pediatrics (Democratic Republic of Congo), Obstetrics and Gynecology (Rwanda, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, South Sudan); Orthopedic Surgery (Eritrea); Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Egypt); Oncology (Ethiopia); and Rehabilitation and Orthopedics (Djibouti).

What is a Center of Excellence?

A Center of Excellence is a specialized teaching and referral hospital that:

  • Serves as model for the healthcare system by improving clinical standards and performance
  • Operates with transparent and effective management
  • Adheres to principles of equality, quality, and social responsibility
  • Performs ongoing monitoring and evaluation of resource allocation and clinical indicators
  • Provides care to anyone who needs it entirely free of charge