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.
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.
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.
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.
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