A new and much-needed cardiac catheterization unit has been opened in the Mother-Child Hospital Luxembourg in Bamako, Mali through the generosity of a collaboration between the Prince’s government, Monegasque associations SHARE and AMADE, and other private individuals and associations.
Though not officially open until early 2020, a demonstration operation took place on 4 September with a delegation from Monaco present, including Dr François Bourlon, Medical Director of the Cardio-Thoracic Centre and the vice-president of the organization SHARE. The unit allows procedures that open the arteries in the event of a cardio episode.
Following a welcome meeting with Mali’s Minsiter of Health and Social Affairs, Hamala Sidibé, the Monegasque delegation were invited to join Mr Sidibé back at the centre where he congratulated the efforts made on behalf of the hospital.
“We are here to support a promising initiative. It is a promoter partnership between the Principality of Monaco and the Mother-Child Hospital Luxembourg. We have one of the most advanced services in terms of new medical technologies in the field of cardiology,” he said, “it is an extraordinary asset for Malian populations to have a cardiac catheterization room”.
Construction on the unit began in April 2017 at an estimated cost of €1.5million, funded chiefly by the government of Monaco, SHARE and its financial partners. SHARE has also funded the training of the hospital medical staff over the past several years.