Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Developing Countries of Africa: Current State and Future Direction

dc.contributor.committeeMemberMihalic, Angela
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAbdelnaby, Abier
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNwariaku, Fiemu
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJones, Eugene
dc.creatorLee, Kyongjune Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-13T18:42:41Z
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-06T20:10:09Z
dc.date.available2014-05-13T18:42:41Z
dc.date.available2014-06-06T20:10:09Z
dc.date.created2014-05
dc.date.issued2014-04-11
dc.date.submittedMay 2014
dc.date.updated2014-05-13T17:53:16Z
dc.description.abstractSurgical services are often the most neglected part of medical care in developing countries of Africa. Cardiac surgical care is even less accessible in comparison due to its need for highly skilled individuals and sophisticated equipment. This lack of proper care places the pediatric population affected by cardiac conditions without much hope for the future. Combining my clinical experience overseas with an extensive literature review, I examined the current state of pediatric cardiac surgery in several developing countries of Africa, and possible future efforts for establishing a viable cardiac surgery centers in low-resource settings. I examined in detail the two most prominent cardiac conditions in the developing world: congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease. The review of literature showed that cardiac surgical care is a serious need in many developing countries. It also revealed that with careful long-term international collaboration between institutions, a self-sustainable and economically viable cardiac surgical center with reasonable outcome can be established.
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152.5/1414
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subject.meshAfrica
dc.subject.meshCardiac Surgical Procedures
dc.subject.meshPediatrics
dc.titlePediatric Cardiac Surgery in Developing Countries of Africa: Current State and Future Directionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentUT Southwestern Medical School
thesis.degree.disciplineGlobal Health
thesis.degree.grantorUT Southwestern Medical Center
thesis.degree.levelM.D. with Distinction
thesis.degree.nameDoctoral

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