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

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

Ingénieur Génie civil, Spécialiste en Infrastructures et Équipements, Expert en gestion de projets et programme de développement international, développement urbain et décentralisation


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...]

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...]