Cardiology Outpatient Clinics
A network of clinics to ensure continuity of care.
On the morning of 15 April 2023, armed conflict began in the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. Fighting has since spread throughout the country and displaced millions.
EMERGENCY immediately reshaped its activities in Sudan. Satellite cardiology clinics have been set up to support heart patients from the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery.
With increased fighting in Wad Madani, staff were evacuated and activities suspended in mid-December 2023.
A network of clinics to ensure continuity of care for patients treated at the Salam Centre
The ongoing fighting in Sudan is particularly intense in Khartoum, making travel to the capital very difficult: the roads are unsafe, there is a shortage of vehicles and money, and people try to move as little as possible.
In this context, many cardiac surgery patients are unable to travel to the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery for necessary follow-up examinations and medications they need for life following surgery.
To ensure as much continuity of care as possible, we are setting up a network of cardiology clinics in several government hospitals in Sudan. They will function as satellite clinics of the Salam Centre and will provide follow-up examinations and anticoagulation therapy for post-operative patients.
In these facilities, we will also provide pre-operative examinations to patients in need of cardiac surgery.
The first satellite clinic, in Wad Madani and in Atbara
The first satellite clinics were opened in Wad Madani, Gezira State, and in Atbara, River Nile State, in mid-August 2023.
Because of intensified fighting in the Wad Madani area, in mid-December we suspended activities and evacuated our staff – a team of 10 people, including surgeons and pharmacists, who are all Sudanese but not residents in the city.
We receive an average of 20 patients per day: both patients from the Salam Centre who need follow-ups after cardiac surgery, and those on the waiting list for surgery whose health is being monitored.
The clinic staff consists of a medical officer, a nurse and a pharmacist, all with previous experience at the Salam Centre.
Update from the Clinics, November 2023
Location: Atbara, Gedaref, Kosti, Shendi, Wad Madani
Start of clinical activities: August 2023
Activities: Pre-operative examinations and monitoring, follow-up examinations, anticoagulation therapy