Providing a high level of cardiac care to a young patient suffering from heart disease is heavily reliant on the availability and maintenance of specialist equipment. Such equipment is very often unavailable in war-torn and developing countries.
Chain of Hope therefore works with local cardiac teams to develop the infrastructure in their institutions so that the medical teams are able to provide cardiac services of the highest quality.
This is done in several ways:
- Through donating specialist equipment
- Through developing dedicated cardiac units
- Providing onsite equipment maintenance training for equipment sustainability
- Advising governments, hospitals and clinicians on the best and most suitable equipment to purchase through our Biomedical Engineer Committee
One essential aspect to successful cardiac care is the availability of specialised equipment that is correctly maintained. Chain of Hope works with international engineering networks to provide vital technical training for local engineers and clinical technical staff.
Equipping cardiac centres in Egypt
Chain of Hope has equipped a dedicated cardiac operating theatre in the children’s hospital in Cairo at the Abu Rishe Children’s Hospital where we conducted many teaching missions. Since then, Chain of Hope has turned its attention to Upper Egypt where a population of over 4 million had limited access to cardiac services and treatment. With a grant of $500,000, Chain of Hope helped equip the first cardiac unit in Aswan, including two operating theatres and twelve Intensive Care Unit beds.
Helping Mozambique to get started
Chain of Hope began working to help establish a Heart Institute in Maputo, Mozambique in 2000. Supporting the training initiatives led primarily by La Chaine de L’Espoir, Chain of Hope has assisted with the development of the unit by donating the Monitoring equipment for the intensive care unit, as well as providing the funds necessary to convert one of the wards at the centre into a High Dependency Unit. Following the development of its infrastructure and team, the talented clinicians at the Maputo Heart Institute are now able to treat many of its patients entirely independent of visiting medical teams, and is currently treating approximately 130 patients per year outside of medical missions.