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 ...
Jan 2, 2014

January 2014 Update

Xi Zin before his operation
Xi Zin before his operation

On behalf of the China California Heart Watch and our "save lives of Chinese children with heart disease" project, I wanted to be among the first to wish you a happy New Year! 

Thanks to our new supporters and the continuing support of past donors, this giving season, we were able to raise over $6,200 through our listing on GlobalGiving. This was more than enough to pay for the surgery of one of the children we have been following, and I would to share his story with you.

On August 2, 2013,  Xi Zin, a nine-year old boy, was brought by his parents to our clinic in Dali, Yunnan Province, China. He was cyanotic, meaning that his body appeared blue due to the low oxygen content in his blood. He was also suffering from recurrent fevers and a persistent cough. Although he was first diagnosed with congenital heart problems at the age of 18 months, his parents, who are farmers and live on an annual income of less than $15,000, had been unable to afford his surgery. As a result, Xi Zin suffered for years; he was prone to getting sick, limited in his ability to engage in physical activity, and he was usually unable to keep up with his peers. Xi Zin was examined by our staff, who confirmed that he had pulmonary valve atresia, underdeveloped pulmonary arteries, a ventricular septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosis.

Owing directly to your generous donations, a short time later, Xi Zin underwent corrective surgery at the Guangzhou Military Hospital. Attached are his pictures before and after his surgery. Just by looking at the color of his lips, you can tell that his cyanosis is gone. Xi Zin can now lead a fully healthy life. This is an example of why your donation matters and why we, and especially Xi Zin and his family, are deeply thankful for your support.

Because of the strong support that we received over the holidays, we have decided to increase our target by $10,000, to $25,000 total.

We wish all good things to you in the New Year, and 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.

Xi Zin after his operation
Xi Zin after his operation
Nov 11, 2013

November 2013 Update

A volunteer screens a child for heart disease
A volunteer screens a child for heart disease

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.

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Aug 13, 2013

August 2013 Update

Dear China Cal donors,

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.

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