African Association of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons (AATCVS) presents Open Heart Surgery in Africa –

Joint International Conference 2022

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MAIN THEME – Building a sustainable system for permanent development of Open Heart Surgery in Africa:  the way forward after 2019 Abidjan Declaration


  1. The role of cardiac surgery in Global surgery and Global health in Africa
  2. Recent Advances and Innovations in Vascular Surgery
  3. Thoracic Surgery: Modern techniques, Challenges and Results

Grand Patron – Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) President

Honorable Jean-Claude Kassi Brou

Represented by West African Health Organization (WAHO) DG

Pr. Stanley Okolo

“The health systems of the countries are now faced with enormous challenges, notably low health infrastructure coverage, inadequate and outdated medical equipment, lack of maintenance culture, insufficient qualified human resource and finance. Moreover, there is a lack of equipment and maintenance policy for the health sector in some countries in the region.”

Pr. Okolo graduated from the University of Nigeria, had postgraduate medical training in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Canada, and spent the vast majority of his professional career in England before being nominated in March 2018 to head WAHO as one of Nigeria’s Statutory Appointees to the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) [more…]

Honorary President of 2022 AATCVS International Conference

His Excellency, N’Gou Pierre DIMBA

“We plan to position Côte d’Ivoire as a top medical destination in West Africa and offer advanced care in the fields of oncology, cardiology, laboratory research and others”

(Translated from French)

Ministre de la Santé, de l’Hygiène publique, et de la Couverture-Maladie Universelle, (Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Health Coverage)République de Côte d’Ivoire [more…]

Prepared by African Association of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons (AATCVS) President


Pr. Angate was President of the WACS (2013-2015) and laid the Foundation of the permanent secretariat building of the WACS in 2014. He was elected President of the Pan-African Association of Surgeons (2015-2017), and was also the Founding President of the Ivorian Society of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons (2008).

Pr. Angate is the author of numerous publications in Ivorian and International medical scientific peer-reviewed journals regarding Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Diseases, and Heart Anatomy. [more…]


The incidence of cardio-thoracic diseases is increasing in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Deaths attributable to cardio-vascular disease (CVD) are over 17 million, accounting for 31% of total global mortality, with rheumatic heart disease over 325,000 and congenital heart diseases over 280,000; to tuberculosis over 1.5 million; esophageal cancer over 440,000; and over 1.1 million due to road traffic accidents. More than three deaths out of 4 caused by cardiovascular diseases happen in countries with low or middle income including Sub-Saharan Africa where those incidences of death continue to rise up. The highest prevalence of rheumatic heart disease in the world is found in Sub-Saharan Africa in children aged 5 to 14 years at 5.7 per 1000; there are 2 million children with rheumatic heart disease worldwide, including 1 million in sub-Saharan Africa. Nevertheless, rheumatic heart disease is the leading cause of children ‘death during the first 10 years of life with a mortality rate of 12.5% to 20%’; among the deceased, many could have been saved if there were easy access to Open Heart Surgery; [more…]

For more information, please see the Interview with Pr. KH Yangni-Angate

African Development Bank (ADB) Group President

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina (PhD)

Africa cannot afford to outsource the healthcare security of its 1.4 billion citizens to the benevolence of others.

We must secure African lives!

It is time your Excellencies, to build Africa’s healthcare defense system.”

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina is the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group. He was first elected to the position on May 28, 2015 by the Bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual Meetings held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. [more…]

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WHO Director-General calls on world leaders to support Universal Health Coverage high-level meeting

I have just returned from a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to review the response to the Ebola outbreak. I was reminded once again that Ebola is just one symptom of a deeper problem: when people don’t have access to health services, or those services are of poor quality or don’t meet their needs, diseases can spread and lives can be lost.

That’s why the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September is so important. It’s a historic opportunity for world leaders to ensure that no one is denied access to the health services they need simply because they cannot access or afford them.

In 2015, world leaders made a commitment to achieve UHC by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In the lead-up to the General Assembly, WHO and partners will publish [more...]