Israeli agency, NGO team up to facilitate heart surgeries

04Nov 2018
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
Guardian On Sunday
Israeli agency, NGO team up to facilitate heart surgeries

THE Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) has partnered with Save a Child’s Heart to conduct heart surgeries at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in Dar es Salaam.

The venture will bring a medical team of heart surgeons from Wolfson Medical Centre in Israel who will conduct week-long surgeries with local experts.

“We expect the team to be in the country on Tuesday and it will be received by the hospital’s Executive Director, Prof. Janabi Mohamed and Israel’s Deputy Ambassador Eyal David,” a statement from the Israel embassy said.

The team will include operating room, cath lab, cardiology clinic and paediatric intensive care unit teams who will perform open-heart surgery and lifesaving cathertisations, screen, diagnose children and follow up on past patients.

Dr. Lior Sasson, lead surgeon from Save a Child's Heart, will work with Dr. Godwin Godfrey, Tanzania’s first paediatric cardiac surgeon trained in Israel for six years.

Assisting them will be Dr. David Silveira, a young physician from Tanzania who is currently training in Israel to become a paediatric cardiac surgeon and is expected back home three years from now.

Since 1999, Save a Child’s Heart has treated more than 750 children from Tanzania and Zanzibar and trained a paediatric cardiac team that includes a surgeon, three paediatric cardiologists, two paediatric anesthesiologists, an intensivist, four perfusionists and dozens of nurses.

During the last four years and as part of Israeli-Tanzanian cooperative effort, Save a Child’s Heart has held more than ten medical missions in the country by training and working with the local team.

“This medical operation has been made possible through the generous support of MASHAV, which is working in many countries in Africa in the health, water, agriculture, ICT, and many other fields to improve the lives of many people,” the statement read in part.

Save a Child’s Heart’s goal is to improve the health and welfare of all children, regardless of the child's nationality, religion, colour, gender or financial situation.

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