Mission to Ethiopia – November 2017


Last November we organized a new mission in Ethiopia to perform interventional cardiology procedures. This kind of treatment as well as other similar tertiary level health care procedures are almost non-existent in this area of the country.

Interventional cardiology procedures are non-surgical techniques, therefore less invasive than traditional surgical procedures and are performed in percutaneous under local anesthesia.

Image: Intervention with catheter on heart valves

In this mission, 10 patients underwent mitral and pulmonary valvuloplasty were treated. The cardiology team, led by Prof Gennaro Santoro, head of the hospital in Florence, included also:

  • Ascanio Giannini – CS ICU with experience in resuscitation
  • Barbara Valeri – PN with experience in hemodynamics and electrostimulation room
  • Giovanni Battista Calabri – cardiologist at the Meyer Hospital in Florence
  • Domenico Fanelli – bio medical engineer of the ASL RM1
  • Elisabetta Zachara – cardiologist of S. Camillo hospital in Rome.

All procedures were performed at Ayder University Hospital in Makalle with the presence of Dr. Abraha Hailu, Head of Medicine at Ayder University Hospital.

This was our third interventional cardiology mission. The first one took place in June 2016, with a team coordinated by Dr. Rosario Fiorilli, and the second one was in March 2017 with the same team of this mission.

So far, we have treated 40 patients with serious cardiac problems who otherwise would have not had the chance to be cured. Moreover, the follow-up visits showed no complications and no related infective endocarditis.

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