Madaktari latest news

Madaktari team at the EP lab at JKCI, Tanzania, with JKCI team members. 
July 2023 


Madaktari team at the EP lab at JKCI, Tanzania, with JKCI team members. 
April 2023 

watch our new short movie on our 10 year (!) collaboration with the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in Tanzania

"Malaria infection is associated with increased risk of heart failure."
It is time for a comprehensive CVD screening program in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mother's day 2019 is next week on the 12th May. You still have time to order something online for your mother. In addition, let us help mothers across the world. Mothers who's children are in need of life-saving medical intervention.

At Madaktari we give a lot of presentations and we are in the process of making all our presentations available online. Under the tap "who we are" you can find our presentations. For any questions on use:


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2018 Autumn Newsletter

Summer newsletter

Our Summer newsletter is out! We hope you enjoy it and that it will inspire you to join us on a capacity training mission.

Dr. Kisenge (JKCI) performs ICD implantation

Huge shout out to our Madaktari volunteer Dr. Matt Sackett from CENTRA for teaching ICD implantation in Tanzania. Dr. Peter Kisenge was able to do this with only minimal assistance. When Matt leaves, they will be able to do this on their own. #TrainForward #JKCI #MADAKTARI

US CHARGÉ, Dr. Patterson and head of CDC TZ, Dr. Cain, visit JKCI

US Chargé Dr. Patterson, and head of CDC Dr. Kevin Cain, paid a visit to JKCI on Tuesday 14th August. Our seasoned volunteer from CENTRA, Dr. Matthew Sackett, was there to join the JKCI team (Dr. Shem on the picture below) to welcome Dr. Patterson. We feel honoured by their interest in JKCI and Madaktari Africa.  

ACC 2018 - March 10-12

Curious after hearing the talk by Mike Valentine at ACC 2018?
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No time to come to Tanzania to  participate in the training, but still want to be part of it? Every donation helps us, your colleagues, to continue the work in Tanzania.

The story of Madaktari is featured in "STAT"!


STAT is a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery.




Interested in attending one of the book launches across the US? Would you like to discuss more with the author or the founder of Madaktari? 



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The new version of the book by our founder: Dr. Dilan Ellegala keeps receiving great reviews!



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ACC '17 - Look back

This was our first time ever to have participated in the annual conference of the American College of Cardiology. It was a busy three-day event with over 15,000 participants.


The objective of our participation was 1) to establish visibility, 2) to attract new volunteers, and 3) to obtain donations or link up with potential collaborators. 


We were present with a team of four: Dr. Eric Powers (MUSC), Dr. Mazen Albaghdadi (Massachusetts General Hospital), Dr. Raj Patel (Ochsner Health System), and our Managing Director: Maarten Hoek. 

It was a busy time and we are pleased to announce that we have recruited over 60 new volunteers and 3 main collaborators. 

We feel confident that with this extra help we can bring cardiology services to new underserved populations within Tanzania and possibly Ethiopia. 


Interested to learn more? Would you like to participated in one of our upcoming camps? Or would you like to contribute through a donation? Click on the button on the left. 

Updated version of our book available

The new and updated version of our book is now up for sale in the US. The title of this new version is: "A surgeon in the village"


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Madaktari launches the 2018
Kilimanjaro charity climb!


Help raise $1,000,000


Either by signing up, or by sponsoring a climber


For more info:


Pamphlet with more information can be downloaded here:




Come find us at the upcoming ACC 2017 in Washington DC!



Dr. Peter O'Brien and Specialist Cardiac Nurse Kayla Norton are back in Dar es Salaam to continue
training of Cath Lab personnel.



Madaktari Africa will be present at the ACC 2017 EXPO!


Closer to date we will give more details on location of our booth. We are very proud to be represented by Dr. Eric Powers and Dr. Mazen Albaghdadi who will be present to answer any of your questions. No questions come to mind? Ask them about one of their many amazing stories from Tanzania.





Thanks to generous donations we raised
$17,000 over the festive season.

A big thank you to all of you who took the
effort and time to support us. 

Amali, a madaktari volunteer has  a paper accepted for publication in the journal of world of Neurosurgery. This paper details how Madaktari's model works. We will keep you posted on when it will be published and available online. 


A New Source of Nonprofit Neurosurgical Funding

 Amali M. Fernandoa, Joyce S. Nicholasb, Peter O’Brienc, Hamisi Shabanid, Mohamed Janabie, Peter Kisengef, Dilantha B. Ellegalag, R. Daniel BassCorresponding Author: Amali M. Fernandoa


Send forth the healing sun is now in the top 150 of most sold books!  

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On Monday 5 September an event for paediatric cardiac screening was held at Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute. It was a busy day with 135 children attending for the free screening.


Fifteen of the children were found to be so ill they are already scheduled for an operation. In addition, 20 more children were placed on monitoring and medication. A further 15 children were on cardiac related medication which was found to be unnecessary. Of the remaining children 60 had respiratory issues, malnutrition and/or dental issues. 


Of the fifteen children scheduled for an immediate intervention, the most common diagnosis was a septum between the left and right ventricle, and Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). In PDA, abnormal blood flow occurs between two of the major arteries connected to the heart.


After intervention, all children are expected to leave a normal life. Without intervention, most of these kids are unlikely to make it their fifth birthday.


Each intervention costs around $4000. Please help us by donating. 


The first chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Africa has now officially been opened!


The Lead for the East African ACC chapter is: Prof. Elijah Ogola

Our country director, Prof. Mohammed Janabi is the lead for Tanzania


The opening of this Chapter of ACC in Africa will help our cause of continuous capacity building in Tanzania

Interview with Dr. Dilan Ellegala - CEO of Madaktari and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Read the true story of the creation of Madaktari





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