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 Global Giving--with your colleagues, friends and family.
On Our Internship Programs and Finances. Though we will be accepting long-term volunteers and some short-term volunteers in July and August 2014, new Chinese laws will not allow us to continue our internship programs after December 2013. China Cal has in part depended on income from donations from families of interns to support our pediatric screening programs. In order to make up for the loss caused by the scaling down of our internship program, your support of China Cal on Global Giving is more important than ever. So far, China Cal has raised $7,110 from our Global Giving campaign, but we are still $7,890 short of our goal. Your continued support is invaluable, especially as we transition toward ending our internship programs.
China Cal Has Helped 116 Children in 2013. With two months still to go in 2013, China Cal has assisted 116 impoverished children this year with free diagnostic, referral and financial support in order to cure their congenital heart defects. Our partner organizations have made it possible for all of these children to be treated at little or no cost to their impoverished families. We plan on helping at least 20 more kids before the year is over. Donations of $400 will be matched by five times that amount by our partners in China. In other words, your donation of $400 will save a child’s life.
Donate Today and Receive Our Photo Book. Your donation of $150 or more will earn a China Cal photo book, sent to you free of charge. The book is hardcover, 60 pages and contains our favorite 133 photos. The photos were taken by China Cal doctors, interns, and volunteers between 2006 and 2012 and are arranged by geographical region in Yunnan. They reflect the striking beauty of the landscape, the cultural diversity of the communities that we serve, and the unfailing dedication of China Cal’s volunteers and collaborators. Volunteers Cameron Jean Shaw and Zephyr Detrano edited the book. After submitting your donation, a member of our staff will be in touch with you to get your mailing address.
China Cal Chinese Blog Now Going Strong. China Cal volunteer Fei Shu has created and started posting on our new Chinese blog. Check it out here.
Thank you for your continued interest in China Cal and for your commitment to the children of Yunnan. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the attached video--a 6:45 documentary on our work made by Daniel Anderson and published through the University of California at Irvine School of Public Health.
We hope this note finds you well and that you have been enjoying your summer. Below is a summary of recent events and updates that we at the China California Heart Watch would like to tell you about.
China Cal’s Internship Program Will End in December. New Chinese licensing laws will prevent us from hosting our student internship program in 2014. The new laws require all volunteers who come into contact with patients to have a license from China’s Health Department. Due to logistical constraints, it will not be possible for us to obtain licenses for our interns. Though we will still accept a few long-term volunteers next year, our regular monthly internship activities will have to be suspended indefinitely. As a result, the China California Heart Watch’s final internship program will take place in December of this year.
It is important to note that this change will have significant financial consequences for our organization. China Cal has depended on income from donations from families of interns to support our village doctor training programs, hypertension and heart disease research as well as some of our pediatric programs. So far, these donations have supported approximately 80% of China Cal’s operational budget. Because we will not have this source of income starting next year, your donations are all the more important. To help with our fundraising efforts, our Board of Directors will be initiating a massive fund raising program to sustain our activities for 2014. This will include outreach to myriad foundations and donors, as well as fundraising events in China and around the United States. We will need your help in this campaign—planning, getting the word out, and finding potential donors.
China Cal Is Helping More Pediatric Patients with Congenital Heart Defects. In 2013, China Cal has assisted 24 impoverished children with diagnostic, referral and financial support in order to cure their congenital heart defects. We plan on helping at least 50 more kids before the year is over. China Cal, these children, and their families wish to thank our donors and partner foundations for their extraordinary help.
China Cal Begins a Training Program for Doctors Regarding the Examination of Newborns. In collaboration of the Kunming Medical University Department of Public Health, the Kunming Children’s Hospital Neonatal Department, and the Hong He Prefecture Department of Health, China Cal will begin an evaluation and training program for doctors attending at the births of infants in Hong He Prefecture. A team of two physicians, one public health doctoral student, four foreign volunteer college students, and a nurse will visit 13 Hong He county hospitals in August to evaluate the proficiency of doctors in doing newborn examinations. In September, Professor Gao Jin of Kunming Children’s Hospital will train the doctors on proper neonatal evaluation. In October, the team will return to the same hospitals to evaluate the effectiveness of the training. This project is funded by a grant from the Edwards Life Sciences Foundation.
Musician Marc Yu Volunteered for China Cal. This summer, classical Carnegie Hall piano star Marc Yu joined the China Cal team in Yunlong County. Marc joined other volunteers, faculty and staff traveling to remote village schools where they listened carefully to schoolchildren’s hearts in order to detect the rhythmic swish swishes that doctors call heart murmurs. Marc assisted in recording medical histories, and, with the other student volunteers, shadowed professors and doctors who were seeking out children with heart disease whom they could help. The team advised parents regarding treatment programs, which include heart surgeries for their children. Among other accomplishments, China Cal can point to diagnostic and financial support of children’s’ heart surgeries—over 70 in 2012 and 24 so far this year. China Cal wishes to thank Marc Yu for lending a helping hand.
China Cal Partners with Two More Charitable Foundations. China Cal Administrative Director Shan Shan Chen and Medical Director Robert Detrano met last week with representatives of the Western China Children’s Foundation and the Sohu Foundation. The West China Foundation has agreed to collaborate by paying up to 20,000 CNY for each child’s surgery when referred to contracted hospitals (i.e., the Cheng Du Military Hospital, Fu Wai Hospital, and An Zhen Hospital). Meanwhile, the Sohu Foundation will pay between 10,000 and 30,000 CNY per surgery. These important collaborations supplement collaborations with the Ai You Hua Xia Foundation and the Shen Hua Foundation, organizations that also cost share with China Cal.
These collaborative partnerships will expand our ability to help poor children with heart disease. However, partnerships assume that China Cal has funds to pay a percentage of each child’s surgery. This part of the funding depends on you, our individual donors.
The China Overseas Student Development Foundation Continues to Support China Cal. China Cal will continue to receive grant support from the China Overseas Student Development Foundation, according to an agreement signed by the two parties last October in Beijing. The funds (1,000,000 CNY per year for two years) will be used for pediatric heart care and training.
China Cal Chinese Blog Now Going Strong. China Cal volunteer Fei Shu has created and started posting on our new Chinese blog. Check it out now here!
China Cal operates solely through the generosity and vision of donors, participants and YOU. Every donation helps tremendously and allows us to continue our efforts in saving lives, raising awareness about heart disease, and improving quality of life through our medical, research and education programs. In order to continue to deliver these excellent services, we must soon hire a cardiac nurse to help us with our clinical work. With your help, we can hire the staff we need and purchase better equipment. With your continued help, we can hire the staff we need and purchase better equipment. Thank you for your continued interest in China Cal and for your commitment to the children of Yunnan.
We wanted to take this opportunity to update you, our donors and supporters on Global Giving, regarding some important developments at China Cal.
In addition to providing excellent care to children with congenital heart disease and coordinating their surgeries, China Cal also seeks to improve healthcare capacity in Yunnan by training village doctors. This week, China Cal will be in Dehong Prefecture, Lianghe County, Yunnan training village doctors. Chinese village doctors are farmers who study basic health care for between three and 24 months after high school. Their study does not focus heavily on chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes, both of which are becoming more important health problems, especially in rural China. Drs. Cheng Loh and Donald Hastings of the Bless China International Organization, as well as Professor Renli Qiao of the University of Southern California will lead the training sessions, which will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and diabetes. These sessions are being funded by the American College of Chest Physicians, and we plan to host similar training sessions around Yunnan later this year.
Child prodigy musician Marc Yu has teamed up with China Cal and will be joining us on our summer internship in June. Marc has been featured in the LA Times and has played for Ellen, Jay Leno, and Oprah. We invite you to read more about Marc here and on his website. Marc loves giving concerts, but he also enjoys hosting charity fundraisers, motivating people to donate to good causes like China Cal, and donating his time to give back to communities in need. Marc will be joining one of several intern teams that will travel by minivan down dirt roads to remote village schools where they will screen children for congenital heart disease. As an intern, Marc will listen carefully to children’s hearts in order to detect the rhythmic ‘swishes’ that doctors call heart murmurs. Aside from cardiologistsupervised heart screening, Marc and other interns help record medical histories, measure heart rate and blood pressure, and assist in physical and ultrasound examinations. Marc will also help advise parents regarding treatment programs, which include heart surgeries for their children which you have helped fund. Marc is as excited to join China Cal as we are to have him, and we look forward to fundraising collaborations in the future. If you would like to participate in an internship like Marc, please see our website for details and apply here.
Earlier this spring, Professor Robert Detrano, the founder of China Cal, had the opportunity to present at the Newborn Summit in Beijing, sponsored by the Newborn Foundation. This was a two-day series of lectures and discussions by international experts on congenital heart disease. Professor Detrano presented cases of children with Eisenmenger’s syndrome whom he treats in Yunnan province. Eisenmenger’s syndrome is the tragic result of failure to diagnose congenital heart disease in infants and small children. Eisenmenger patients are no longer operable and are destined to live short lives with decreased quality of life because of their disease. China Cal is dedicated to publicizing and eventually eliminating this tragedy. With your continued help, we can ensure that children in Yunnan undergo surgeries in a timely manner and do not develop this tragic syndrome.
Thank you for your continued interest in China Cal and for your commitment to the children of Yunnan. Please be in touch if you have any questions or would like to become more involved!