China California Heart Watch

The China California Heart Watch brings together experts from the United States, China, and around the world. Together, we use innovative and sustainable methods to combat the growing epidemic of heart disease in Yunnan Province, China. Our overarching mission is to serve the people of Yunnan through: (1) Training local healthcare professionals in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease; (2) Improving access to high-quality healthcare and life-saving treatments; (3) Researching the epidemiology of heart disease, the effectiveness of our interventions, and other topics of critical value to rural Chinese populations. The activities of the China California Heart Watch generate ...
Aug 29, 2014

September 2014 Update

An intern with one of our patients in Lijiang
An intern with one of our patients in Lijiang
One of our greatest accomplishments is the volume and quality of care we have provided to poor, rural Chinese children with heart disease. Last year, the China California Heart Watch, with a staff of four people, supported the care of 185 children. For comparison, last year the Yunnan branch of the Red Cross Foundation with a staff of 25 and a budget nine times that of the China California Heart Watch supported the treatment of eight Yunnan children with heart disease. Most all of our 185 children benefitted from the highly skilled attention they received from our professional medical volunteers like Professor PC Chow of the University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital. For the past two years, Dr. Chow, a pediatric cardiologist, has spent his vacation time volunteering for the China California Heart Watch to care for children with heart disease and to teach our extern volunteers. Dr. Chow and other volunteer foreign and Chinese experts have worked with us on a number of missions to screen children for congenital heart diseases. A wonderful clinician and teacher, Dr. Chow brings expert knowledge and consultation advice to bear on the management of these children. In August, Dr. Chow examined 30 and referred 19 impoverished children with heart disease from the Lijiang region of Yunnan Province. The China California Heart Watch will find sufficient financial support to insure that all 19 children will receive the treatment they need for a chance to lead long, healthy, and happy lives. We depend on people like Dr. Chow and on your support in order to bring happiness, productivity and health to our children. Please support our efforts by making another donation to our cause.
Pediatric cardiologist PC Chow examines a newborn
Pediatric cardiologist PC Chow examines a newborn

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Jun 13, 2014

June 2014 Update

MCHC, KMU & China Cal leaders begin collaboration
MCHC, KMU & China Cal leaders begin collaboration

Dear China Cal donors,

We would like to thank you for your continued support of our efforts to help children suffering from congenital heart disease in rural Yunnan Province, China. Below are some updates and a summary of our recent activities. Please feel free to share this mailing--as well as our project homepage on GlobalGiving--with your colleagues, friends and family.

China Cal Initiates a Landmark Relationship with the Yunnan Province Maternal & Child Health Care Department. On May 26, senior China Cal representatives met with the leaders of the Yunnan Province Maternal and Child Health Care (MCHC) Department. China Cal successfully persuaded the MCHC to add a cardiac examination to a new province-wide protocol that will require four medical check-ups by MCHC-appointed physicians for all infants born in Yunnan Province. The China Cal Pediatric Heart Training Program (described in this newsletter) will take on the responsibility of training all town- and county-level MCHC physicians on the proper cardiac examination technique of infants. To date, the addition of pediatric heart screening to the MCHC’s protocol represents our biggest advocacy achievement on behalf of the rural poor in Yunnan.

China Cal to Launch Pediatric Heart Training Program for Rural Doctors. Congenital heart diseases (CHDs) are the most common congenital anomalies. During five years of work in rural Yunnan, China Cal has found that rural medical personnel are not sufficiently trained or motivated to detect CHDs in newborns. The result is that children with heart defects go undetected and exhibit their first symptoms between five and 15 years of age, when it is too late for corrective surgery. Often, these children die in adolescence or young adulthood. Mandatory newborn screening can prevent this tragic scenario. Screening would require adequate examination with a standard stethoscope and pulse oximetry at birth followed by a thorough stethoscopic examination at three to six months of age. China Cal, together with Kunming Medical University (KMU) and the Yunnan Province Department of Health, is aiming to create a school—the Yunnan Pediatric Heart Program and Training Center—to train all rural doctors responsible for the care of newborns and infants to do proper examinations.

China Cal Signs Contract with Kunming Medical University. The China California Heart Watch and the Yunnan Province Department of Health’s primary facility, Kunming Medical University’s First Affiliate Hospital, have completed a contract specifying a long-term relationship designed to enhance diagnosis and treatment efforts for children with heart disease. Specifically, KMU will provide surgical and interventional care at reduced cost for patients referred by the China California Heart Watch and select members of its medical and nursing staff to assist the China California Heart Watch in our clinical and training programs. In return, the China California Heart Watch will collaborate with KMU in the recruitment of foreign physicians and allied health volunteers to aid in training local doctors in the latest techniques in screening and diagnosis for children suffering from heart disease.

New China Cal Clinic to Open in Winter 2014. Cang Hai Yi Shuin the city of Dali, Yunnan Province, will be the site of the new China California Heart Watch clinic. Construction of the clinic space will be completed in September. The clinic space will then need to be furnished with diagnostic and medical equipment, examination tables, storage for patient files and the like. Funds to complete the furnishings are being requested with the aim of opening the clinic to see patients in November 2014. In May, China California Heart Watch Board Member and Administrative Manager Shan Shan Chen inspected the clinic construction site and reported that all is proceeding according to schedule.

China Cal Completing Agreement with the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation. The China California Heart Watch and the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation of Silicon Valley, CA, will collaborate in a pilot project to support surgical care for Yunnan children with congenital heart disease. All children receiving support from this collaboration will undergo corrective surgery at the KMU First Affiliate Hospital in Kunming, Yunnan Province. This pilot project will enhance additional support that the China California Heart Watch and one of its partner organizations, the Children’s Heart Link of Minneapolis, MN, are providing to KMU to improve the quality of its care for children in Yunnan Province.

China Cal Helped 185 Children in 2013. In 2013, the China California Heart Watch assisted a total of 185 impoverished children with free diagnostic, referral and financial support in order to cure their congenital heart defects. Together, our donors, our partner organizations, and our staff and volunteers have made it possible for all of these children to be treated at little or no cost to their families. Together, we have given them a chance to spend their lives building a better China and a better world.

Thank you again for your continued support. We hope that you will continue to be an advocate for the children that we serve by following our progress and spreading the word to your co-workers, friends, and family.

Shan Shan Chen inspects future clinic site
Shan Shan Chen inspects future clinic site
Mar 13, 2014

March 2014 Update

Zhou Li Sha posing at the Great Wall
Zhou Li Sha posing at the Great Wall

Dear China Cal donors,

We would like to thank you for your continued support of our efforts to help children suffering from congenital heart disease in rural Yunnan Province, China. Below are some updates and a summary of our recent activities. Please feel free to share this mailing--as well as our project homepage on GlobalGiving--with your colleagues, friends and family.

China Cal Winter Fundraising Drive. China Cal’s winter fundraising drive exceeded its goal, having raised $51,000 of the needed $50,000 by New Year’s Day, 2014. A significant portion of our funds were raised through GlobalGiving. One behalf of China Cal, I would like to thank our generous donors for their kindness and compassion. We promise to make 2014 even more fruitful for saving the lives of impoverished children suffering from heart disease in Yunnan Province.

Marc Yu Raises $11,000 for China Cal. On January 19, prodigy pianist Marc Yu gave a benefit concert on behalf of China Cal at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA. The concert was well-attended and raised approximately $11,000 for China Cal to support its activities in 2014. Before playing, Marc spoke to an audience of about 60 people of his experience in Yunnan in June 2013, where he assisted the China Cal team in its rural heart disease screening program for school children.

China Cal Helped 185 Children in 2013. In 2013, China Cal assisted a total of 185 impoverished children with free diagnostic, referral and financial support in order to cure their congenital heart defects. Together with our donors, our partner organizations have made it possible for all of these children to be treated at little or no cost to their impoverished families.

China Cal to Hold Volunteership in Yunnan in July 2014. China Cal will hold one volunteership this year in Yunnan, which will be an excellent opportunity to learn about our activities and to help China Cal fulfill its missions. The volunteership will take place from July 10 – 28, 2014 and will start in Dali and will involve travel to Hong He Prefecture, where volunteers will shadow and assist Dr. Robert Detrano, Founder and Director of China Cal, in the examination of children with heart disease. For details, see here.

China Cal Appoints Dr. Robert Detrano as China Cal Director for 2014-2015. The China Cal Board of Directors has asked Dr. Robert Detrano, a professor in the medical school at the University of California at Irvine, to take on the position as director of all activities for a term of two years. Dr. Detrano has, for seven years, directed China Cal activities as a volunteer clinical director. Dr. Detrano has accepted this position, and his major focus will be on establishing and directing a school for rural doctors in Yunnan Province.

China Cal to Launch a Pediatric Heart Training School for Rural Doctors. Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are the most common congenital anomalies. During five years of work in rural Yunnan province, China Cal has found that rural medical personnel are not sufficiently trained or motivated to detect CHD in newborns. The result is that children with heart defects go undetected and exhibit their first symptoms between 5 and 15 years of age, when it is too late for corrective surgery. These children die in adolescence or young adulthood. Newborn screening can prevent this tragic scenario. Screening would require adequate examination with a standard stethoscope and pulse oximetry at birth followed by a thorough stethoscopic examination at three to six months of age. China Cal, together with Kunming Medical University and the Yunnan Province Department of Health, will create a school to train all rural doctors responsible for the care of newborns and infants to do proper examinations at birth and at six months of age.

Check Out Our Chinese Blog. China Cal volunteer Fei Shu has been keeping up our Chinese blog, with several new posts. Feel free to check it out here.

Thank you again for your continued support. We hope that you will continue to be an advocate for the children that we serve by following our progress in 2014 and spreading the word to your co-workers, friends, and family.

*Pictured in this mailing is Zhou Li Sha, a child China Cal helped cure of her congenital heart disease in 2013. She is also featured in the video on our Project Entry page on GlobalGiving.

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