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Friday, 20 October 2017

Khartoum Hosts Sudan Heart Society Conference

Sudan Heart Society (SHS) in collaboration with ( Pan-African Society of Cardiology ) and the Pan- African Course of Interventional Cardiology

(PAFCIC) organized a course  from the 8-10th of October 2017 at the Friendship Hall, under the auspices of His Excellency the First Vice President of the Republic ,National Prime Minister General Bakri Hassan Salih.

The conference  proceeded on the 7th of October by a number of workshops intended for cardiologists ( adult and pediatric) , cardiology fellows, general practitioners and allied professionals.

The society hosted a large attendance from the African continent with a renowned African and International faculty.

As part of this great event, the World Heart Federation held  its first African summit on the 10th and 11th of October bringing all stakeholders from policy makers, ministers of health from the continent, World Health Organization, non-governmental organizations and practitioners to improve availability and access to cardiovascular care and services.

The President of the Republic described the decision to revoke the economic sanctions against the Sudan is a  history, at a time when the first Vice Presidents of the Republic and the Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh that there are no excuses after today to lean on after the lifting of the ban expected increased cooperation with America in the coming period

Addressing the Sixth Sudanese Heart Association conference in the Friendship Hall last  Sunday evening, the state continued to promote public health and the health of the heart in particular.  At a time when the health services were still being extended despite the conditions in Sudan, he described what had been achieved without ambition, based on the spread of diseases heart on a level based on global health.

 reports revealed that 31% of the world's deaths due to heart and he continued: That means we have to join hands and efforts . He pointed to the  the government's recent attention to health, which has reached 15% of the general budget of the Goa'uld.
The State  Minister at  the Federal Ministry of Health, Ferdous Abdel Rahman, has acknowledged the high incidence of heart disease in the past five years.  Revealing the initiation of the establishment of the National Centre for the treatment of heart patients in Sudan, the Ministry has been working to distribute various medical specialties in the states revealing the existence of heart disease treatment in 4 verses other than Khartoum. She noted that government support has increased from 890 million pounds to 2 billion pounds .

The President of the Sudanese Heart Association, Kamal the mayor, called on the state to support scientific research in cardiology to define labour standards. Noting the high cost of treating heart disease and continually increasing mortality...
The Secretary-General of the medical associations revealed that there were 33 cardiology specialists, noting that the association had done a lot of work in the field of training and creating relations with its counterparts in other countries.


Sudan Heart society (SHS) is an academic society for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and pediatric cardiologists practicing in Sudan, founded in 2003. Late Prof. Siddig Ahmed Ismail was its  first president.

In February 2012 a new executive committee was elected by the General Assembly. It launched a series  of revival academic activities which started with monthly academic symposia discussing topics of relevance to practice in Sudan and with shared interest between cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and pediatric cardiologists.

Courses and workshops are organized to the medical community and cardiologists in Khartoum and other remote States  targeting young doctors focusing on cardiac emergencies and other topics.

The First International Conference of the society was held in January 2013 and is one of the great achievements of this society.

The Conference proved to be a huge success with a strong presence of Sudanese cardiologists practicing in Sudan and abroad  with a distinguished panel of guests from Arab countries, Europe and the United States. Since then the international conference became a regular annular   activity in SHS calendar.

SHS has active working groups on interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery and rheumatic  heart  disease  with regular meetings with strong presence of cardiologists and cardiology fellows with focus on promoting evidence based cardiology and optimizing patient care.

Sudan Heart Journal (SHJ) ,established in 2012 is another addition to academic activities of SHS.

The society recognizes the importance of a strong advocacy role to promote heart health in the community. The society supports the antismoking campaign by the Ministry of Health and many of its members are also members of the Anti-Smoking Society of Sudan. SHS regularly celebrates the World Heart Day with many activities focusing on the importance of promoting healthy living.

SHS encourages its members to have an active role in the regional and international cardiac societies and meetings with regular participation in the Pan African Society of cardiology (PASCAR) meetings.

The first ever PASCAR cardiac imaging conference was held in Khartoum in January 2016 with strong African presence. For the last eight years members of Sudan Heart Society have held the positions of PASCAR Vice-President (North) (Dr.Ahmed Alsayed and Dr.Saad Subahi )and PASCAR Assistant Secretary (North) (Dr.Ahmed  Suliman and Dr. Awad Abdulla).

Cumulative efforts by SHS and its representatives in PASCAR have resulted in selecting Sudan as a host for the PASCAR Conference and the World Heart Federation Global Summit in October 2017.

Similar relations have been established with cardiac societies in the Arab world with regular participation in their conferences and meetings.  The major and exciting success of SHS is when it became in 2013 an affiliated society with the European society of Cardiology (ESC).

In spite of the many successes of SHS , during its short history, still a lot of effort is being exerted to formulate future plans and activities to elevate and enhance  the practice of cardiology in the country.
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is a nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Heart Federation is committed to uniting its members and leads the global fight against heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low-and middle-income countries. The World Heart Federation is the world's only global body dedicated to leading the fight against heart disease and stroke via a united community of almost 200 member organizations that bring together the strength of medical societies and heart foundations, from more than 100 countries covering the regions of Asia-Pacific, Europe, East Mediterranean, the Americas and Africa.

Each year 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease, 80% in the developing world. The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco free living at an individual, community and policy maker level.

The World Heart Federation traces its origins to the International Society of Cardiology, which was formed in 1946, and the International Cardiology Federation, founded in 1970. These two organizations merged in 1978 to form the International Society and Federation of Cardiology (ISFC). The ISFC changed its name to the World Heart Federation in 1998.[1]

Strategic Goal    :
The World Heart Federation urges greater action from policy makers, healthcare professionals, patient organizations and individuals to work together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, and ensure people all over the world can have longer and better lives.

By 2025, to drive the WHO target for non-communicable disease mortality reduction by reducing premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by at least 25%