Cure child heart disease in Yunnan Province, China

 
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Examining a new born with heart disease.
Examining a new born with heart disease.

Dear donor,

The China California Heart Watch has now raised $28,000 on GlobalGiving. This means we are moving beyond our two-year campaign to raise funds to cover the surgeries of impoverished Chinese children whose lives are threatened by their congenital heart disease. As donors, you made this happen and had a direct impact on saving the lives of these 25 children.

Given our success on GlobalGiving over the past two years, for 2015, we are relaunching our campaign, moving ahead and adding new program goals to train rural doctors on early detection of congenital heart disease. Our goal for this year is $12,000. This will cover the costs training 25 rural doctors.

Our organization has been working closely with the Yunnan Department of Health to come up with protocols that would ensure that adequate cardiovascular screening of newborns takes place. We will keep you up to date about these initiatives in our newsletter.

In the meantime, please help spread the word about our work so that we can meet our fundraising goals for 2015. Be in touch at any time if you have any questions or would like to seek more ways to become involved.

Thank you!

One of the 25 children you helped save
One of the 25 children you helped save

Dear donor,

The China California Heart Watch has now raised $25,000 on GlobalGiving. This means our two-year campaign to raise funds to cover the surgeries of 25 impoverished Chinese children whose lives are threatened by their congenital heart disease is now complete. As donors, you made this happen and had a direct impact on saving the lives of these 25 children.

Given our success on GlobalGiving over the past two years, for 2015, we will be relaunching our campaign and setting a new fundraising target of an additional $11,000. This will cover the costs of surgery for 11 more children.

Separate to funding surgeries for kids, as an organization we are also working on long-term, sustainable goals, including improving the education and training of physicans who deliver babies. In addition, our organization has been working closely with the Yunnan Department of Health to come up with protocols that would ensure that adequate cardiovascular screening of newborns takes place. We will keep you up to date about these initiatives in our newsletter.

In the meantime, please help spread the word about our work so that we can meet our fundraising goals for 2015. Be in touch at any time if you have any questions or would like to seek more ways to become involved.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Masimo China Director introduces Rad 5 oximeters
Masimo China Director introduces Rad 5 oximeters

Dear donor,

Thank you for your continued support of the mission of the China California Heart Watch to help children suffering from congenital heart disease in rural Yunnan Province, China. Below are some updates from our organization and a summary of our recent activities. As we approach the holiday season and consider giving gifts to others, we hope you will consider another donation to the China California Heart Watch. In addition, please share this mailing--as well as our project homepage on GlobalGiving--with your colleagues, friends and family.

Planning for the future, charting a course. The China California Heart Watch will hold its next Board of Directors meeting in Irvine, California on January 23, 2015. Directors will travel from China, Cincinnati, Boston, and Philadelphia to attend the meeting. The purpose of the meeting will be to plan the future of the China California Heart Watch after the scheduled August 2016 resignation of its Founder, Executive Director and Board Member, Robert Detrano MD PhD. In addition to these roles, Dr. Detrano is also Director of the Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program, which is sponsored by the China California Heart Watch and the Kunming Medical University (KMU). Dr. Detrano has served generously since founding the China California Heart Watch in 2005 and will retire from these positions in August 2016. The board will meet to discuss plans to engineer the China California Heart Watch as a long-lasting and sustainable international charity organization after Dr. Detrano steps down.

The China California Heart Watch received an equipment grant worth $200,000 from Masimo Corporation of Irvine, California. The Masimo Corporation of Irvine, California—manufacturers of signal extraction technology pulse oximeters—generously donated 125 Rad 5 oximeters to the China California Heart Watch to be distributed in all 125 county hospitals throughout Yunnan Province. With the agreement of the Masimo Corporation, the China California Heart Watch transferred ownership of the oximeters to the Yunnan Department of Health and KMU under the agreement that the devices would be used in conjunction with the Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program. The oximeters recently cleared customs in Kunming as a tax-exempt gift. The oximeters will be used for examining newborns for critical congenital heart disease. The ongoing training program plans to train all county doctors responsible for the care of newborns how to do proper cardiac examinations, which includes stethoscopic and pulse oximetric exams. The program will last two years, until August 2016.

Welcoming Min Ye, full-time Coordinator and Administrator. The China California Heart Watch has hired Ms. Min Ye as full-time Coordinator and Administrator of its Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program. Ms. Ye graduated from Yunnan University in 1997 with a degree in accounting and has worked for the China California Heart Watch for four years in a part-time role as its China-based accountant. Ms. Ye has also assisted China California Heart Watch Administrative Director, Ms. Shan Shan Chen with administrative duties as a volunteer. We warmly welcome Ms. Ye to this new position.

The China California Heart Watch granted scholarship to Kunming surgeon. Two years ago, the China California Heart Watch began efforts to improve the acumen of Yunnan cardiac surgeons in performing cardiac surgery on children. The first step was to facilitate a training relationship between the Children’s HeartLink (CHL) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the KMU First Affiliate Hospital Cardiac Surgery Program. This effort resulted in a training contract between CHL and KMU in the beginning of 2013. So far, surgeons from KMU and cardiologists and surgeons from the University of Minnesota have met three times for practical training sessions. This year, in order to accelerate the training process, the China California Heart Watch, in collaboration with Dr. Timmie Au of the Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital, has granted a scholarship to Dr. Bin Li, a KMU cardiac surgeon. Under this scholarship, Dr. Li will spend three months studying neonatal cardiac surgical techniques under Dr. Au’s mentorship at the Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital Department of Cardiac Surgery. This special training will accelerate the improvement of techniques necessary to safely perform neonatal surgery at the KMU First Affiliate Hospital. These techniques will be used to treat children with critical congenital heart disease discovered by the Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program.

The China California Heart Watch Was Represented at the Kunming Cardiovascular Disease Forum. China California Heart Watch Executive Director Robert Detrano spoke to an audience of over 300 cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and allied health professionals regarding the Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program at the annual Kunming Cardiovascular Disease Forum in Kunming, Yunnan on November 8, 2014. Professor Tao Guo, director of Kunming Medical University Cardiology Department, also gave several lectures, which covered the work of the training program at the annual forum. In the evening, Professors Guo and Detrano conducted a press conference announcing the program to the Yunnan public. The generous gift of pulse oximeters for all county hospitals in Yunnan Province was also explained to TV and newspaper audiences. 

The China California Heart Watch Was Represented at Children’s HeartLink Partner Forum in Chengdu, China. On November 21, 2014, Executive Director Robert Detrano spoke, representing The China California Heart Watch and the Kunming Medical University, at the Children’s HeartLink Partners Forum in Chengdu, China about the Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program. The forum included representatives from Beijing Tsing Hua University, Beijing Fu Wai Cardiovascular Research Center, Tainjin TEDA Medical Center, Lanzhou Regional Hospital, West China Hospital, the KMU First Affiliate Hospital, the Gansu Province Little Red Scarves organization, and the Children’s HeartLink. Professor Tao Guo, Director of Cardiology at Kunming Medical University First Affiliate Hospital also spoke about the Yunnan Pediatric Cardiac Training Program.

Thank you 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.

Kunming Medical University Surgeon Dr. Bin Li
Kunming Medical University Surgeon Dr. Bin Li
Dr. Detrano talks at Cardiovascular Disease Forum
Dr. Detrano talks at Cardiovascular Disease Forum
CHL President Jennifer Soderholm addresses forum
CHL President Jennifer Soderholm addresses forum
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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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

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