The Cape Town Declaration on access to cardiac surgery in the developing world

  • Peter Zilla Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty of Health Sciences University of Cape Town
  • R.Molton Bolman Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery University of Vermont Burlington Vermont
  • Magdi H. Yacoub Chain of Hope Chelsea London
  • Friedhelm Beyersdorf Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Universitäts-Herzzentrum Freiburg – Bad Krotzingen
  • Karen Sliwa Hatter Institute of Cardiovascular Research in Africa Faculty of Health Sciences University of Cape Town
  • Liesl Zuhlke Division of Paediatric Cardiology Department of Paediatrics and Child Health University of Cape Town
  • Robert S. Higgins Department of Surgery Johns Hopkins Medicine Baltimore Maryland
  • Bongani Mayosi Faculty of Health Sciences University of Cape Town
  • Alain Carpentier Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou Paris
  • David Williams Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem North Carolina


The mission of this declaration is to urge all relevant entities within the international cardiac surgery, industry, and government sectors to commit to develop and implement an effective strategy to address the scourge of rheumatic heart disease in the developing world through increased access to lifesaving cardiac surgery.