Ethiopia is a country of around 94 million inhabitants with an infant mortality rate in excess of 10. The number of congenital heart patients impacts strongly on this percentage, with a mortality rate equal to 6-8 children in every thousand. In Ethiopia there are no centres for cardiovascular disease that can cope with this crisis: to that end the Association, Children's Heart Fund of Ethiopia and Chain of Hope have created a project to facilitate the construction of a paediatric cardiac surgery centre.
The association Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo, in partnership with I.R.C.C.S. San Donato General Hospital, will contribute to this project with a training programme for the doctors of the cardiac surgery team and by carrying out local operational missions.