Paediatric cardiac surgery in low-income and middle-income countries: a continuing challenge

Nguyen, N.; Leon-Wyss, J.; Iyer, K. S.; Pezzella, A. T.

Arch Dis Child. 2015 Sep 12; 100(12):1156-9

Abstract

Despite advances in surgical and catheter-based treatment for congenital heart disease (CHD), there remain wide disparities across the globe. Ongoing international humanitarian and in-country programmes are working to address these issues with the ultimate goal to increase the quality and quantity of paediatric cardiac care, particularly in under-served regions of the world. This review aims to illustrate the reasons for these inequalities and suggests novel ways of improving access and sustainability of CHD programmes in low-income and middle-income countries.

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