Senegal Mission

October 2017

Save a Child’s Heart has conducted a successful screening mission to the Centre Hospitalier National d'Efants Albert Royer in Dakar, Senegal. During this mission, the SACH team screened 106 children at the cardiology clinic, two of whom have previously undergone life-saving heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center through Save a Child’s Heart. Of the 106 children, there are now at least 50 candidates for surgery in Israel. Among this group was also a baby in critical condition, who was selected for immediate care in Israel.

The mission was carried out by a team of three talented medical professionals from the Wolfson Medical Center alongside a team of two from the University of Brussels. Leading the Israeli delegation was Dr. Sagi Assa, senior pediatric interventional cardiologist, Yifat Brosh, pediatric echocardiography technician, and Nava Gershon, Head Nurse of the Pediatric Surgical Ward at the Wolfson Medical Center. Assisting the Israel team was Prof. Lamin Fall and Dr. Hamdi Moustapha from the University of Brussels.

Thank you to the staff of the Israeli embassy in Dakar, including, Ambassador Paul Hirschson, Jeannie Harrison, Deyma Azanlin and Shirke Gideon, as well as to our friends at Brussels Airlines and the B.Foundation for Africa for making this mission possible.