Dear China Cal donors,
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!
Dear China Cal donors and volunteers,
In 2012, the China California Heart Watch provided the funds for 44 children with congenital heart disease to undergo corrective surgery in Yunnan hospitals. Please take a moment to view the attached file, which includes their photos, stories and progress (note: last names have been removed to protect the childrens' privacy). These are the children who you helped to give a second chance at a normal life. They thank you, and the China California Heart Watch thanks you.
We are pushing ahead in 2013. Last quarter, we took receipt of a major donation from the Chinese Overseas Students Development Foundation (COSDF) in order to continue to develop our program for preventing and treating congenital heart disease. China Cal administrative director Shan Shan Chen and director Robert Detrano received the award at the Office of the European American Classmates Organization in Beijing, where they met Dr. Han Qi De, chairman of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology.
Part of the money received from COSDF has already been alloted to renting a new children's heart clinic in the city of Dali, Yunnan Province. The clinic has over 120 square meters of space for examination and treatment and for housing volunteers and staff. The new clinic, located at 14 Xue Fu Lu, replaces the upper floor of Farmer Yang's home in the Er Hai Men region of Dali; it is already functional and ready to receive patients.
In December 2012, China Cal completed heart screening in Xuanwei County, an impoverished coal mining district of Yunnan. Led by professors from Kunming Medical University and Hong Kong University, China Cal volunteers screened 25,000 school children for murmurs and found 74 children with heart disease. 40 of them will require and receive treatment with help from China Cal and its partner organizations. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer in 2013, please fill out an application using the attached link and contact Vinh Luong, our recruitment director.
Thank you again for your support and continued interest in the China Cal.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we had several donations on the newly minted Giving Tuesday, a day during which nonprofits and charities around the world encouraged consumers to give back. After receiving these generous gifts, we wanted to let you know how your money is being spent and to update you on the activities of the China California Heart Watch and our project to save 15 Chinese children living with heart disease.
Recently, Dr. Robert Detrano, the founder of the China California Heart Watch, and several volunteers have been touring impoverished villages around Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, a prefecture bordering Vietnam and Myanmar. This area is home to the Blang people, one of China's 56 officially-recognized ethnic minorities, many of whom have untreated heart disease.
In Xishuangbanna, Dr. Detrano and his team followed-up with several children who have already undergone surgery and some who still need it. Some of the children they saw include Ai Xiang Er (a photo of her family and our volunteers visiting with them is attached), who had surgery for Pulmonic Stenosis in 2010 at Chengdu Military Hospital. Xiang Er is back in school, doing very well, and is now able to keep up with her classmates on the playground. Ding De Peng (his pre-op photo is attached) had a successful surgery last week in Chengdu for a large ventricular septal defect and is at home now recovering and getting some rest. Yang Man Xing is a girl China Cal first saw in 2009, but we returned this week to follow-up with her. She has severe complex congenital heart disease, which our doctors believe can be cured with surgery. We are in the process of referring her case to Dr. An Qi at Chengdu West China Hospital. Her operation will be expensive, but with continued support, we will be able to fund it.
We want to thank you for your continued interest in China Cal and for your commitment to the children of Yunnan. Please be in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to become more involved. In the coming weeks, we'll be kicking off our recruitment drive for volunteers for our five internship programs planned for 2013. We'd love to have you participate!