17.9 million people die from cardiovascular diseases each year. Eighty percent of these deaths are from poor and middle-income countries.
In 2019, I traveled to Tanzania with an international team of cardiac specialists whose goal it was to train and teach the staff at a newly established cardiac hospital in Dar es Salaam, the only one of its kind in the country.
Over the course of 14 days, the CardioStart team guided the local surgeons and nursing staff through 15 highly complex and intricate open-heart surgeries, from pre-operative assessment to recovery.
The need for further cardiac development in Tanzania is dire and unfortunately the story is the same for many developing countries around the world. It's a problem that CardioStart International is helping to solve.
They asked me to document their mission, and to capture their successes as well as their struggles.