2017 SPP laureate Dr. Gino Strada talks about the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery and why he opened a cardiac hospital in Africa.
Q: Why did you establish the Salam Centre?
A: The Salam Centre opened almost 10 years ago, and was a big achievement for us, because in the world of humanitarian aid, very, very few people believed that it was possible to establish a high-standard center of cardiac surgery. It's such a sophisticated discipline.
In Africa, we know that facilities are very scarce or not available at all. We proved that this was feasible, that it was possible, it will be possible to run this center for 10 years, doing thousands of operations with excellent clinical results.