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 ...
Nov 28, 2016

Update from the Field

Little Luo with his parents
Little Luo with his parents

In 2016, the Yunnan Newborn Screening Program trained about 500 nurses and doctors how to do proper newborn screening exams. This resulted in over 20,000 screening exams of newborns in county hospitals in Yunnan Province. We estimate that over 40 babies with critical congenital heart disease were diagnosed because of this program.

One of those babies was Little Luo (name changed to protect identity). Baby Luo is four months old and is proof that the China Cal screening program works. Baby Luo’s congenital heart disease (pulmonary valve atresia) was detected because of the China Cal screening program, and he underwent surgery at Chengdu West China Hospital in July. He had his second definitive surgery (a Fontan procedure) in October. His surgery was supported by the China California Heart Watch and our collaborators, including the Ai You Foundation, the Ping & Amy Chao Foundation, the Hong Kong Childrens Heart Foundation, and Sichuan Medical University Professor An Qi. Little Luo went home to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Midu County. His 21-year-old father and 18-year-old mother, who have a small orchard in Midu, called me to thank us all for saving their son's life. We all wish Little Luo a happy and productive life.

Next year, we are planning to conclude the Newborn Training Program. Our staff, including Fangqi Guo, a graduate student working on her PhD, Coordinator Rui Zhang, and Professor Songyuan Tang are working with the Yunnan Health Department to develop and execute a program which will include a "Patient Advocate" sent to locations where babies with critical congenital heart disease are born to explain options to their parents, offer assitance to families and arrange emergency admissions to referral hospitals like Chengdu West China Hospital. We cannot do this without your continued help and assistance, and we thank you for your continued support.

Nov 28, 2016

A Child Needs Your Help

Little Wang
Little Wang

Little Wang (name changed to protect identity) is a 7 year old boy who lives in Wu Hu Town in Tengchong County, Yunnan Province. His family are farmers, and their income last year was about $4800 USD. Little Wang was born with a congenital heart defect in which he had only one working heart chamber, instead of two. Unlike many other children with the same condition, Little Wang is lucky because the nature of his particular disease is such that, even at this relatively late stage, it can be cured with surgery. Operations for this kind of heart disease cost about $8000 USD in China--equivalent to about two years' worth of income for his family. The live-saving surgery is only partially covered by health insurance for families living in rural areas (approximately 10%), and Chinese charitable foundations have agreed to donate $2400 USD. Little Wang's family needs an additional $5600 USD to pay for his surgery. This is the amount we hope to raise via Global Giving during the 2016 holidays and "giving season."

Nov 28, 2016

Giving Tuesday

Shang Zhong and his family
Shang Zhong and his family

Please celebrate this Giving Tuesday by donating to save the lives of children in Yunnan Province and supporting the continued work of the China California Heart Watch. Your donations directly support China Cal’s work: paying for life-saving heart surgeries for children in need, and supporting the screening program that finds the children before it’s too late.

How have your donations saved lives in 2016?

Meet Little Luo. Just this past month, your donations allowed us to provide life-saving surgeries that put Little Luo, who is now five months old, back on track to live a healthy, productive life. Little Luo’s critical congenital heart disease (pulmonary valve atresia) was detected because of China Cal’s newborn screening program and in October he underwent corrective surgery at one of China Cal’s partner hospitals. Your donations made this possible -- without our screening program, we never would have found Little Luo in time, and without your direct financial support, his family never would have been able to afford the necessary surgeries.

Little Luo was able to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Midu County. His young mother and father, who have a small orchard in Midu, called China Cal recently and asked to thank all of you for saving their son’s life. Please join us in wishing Little Luo a long, happy life and please donate [insert Global Giving link] so that China Cal can help others like him.

How can your donations save lives now and in 2017?

Shang Zhong, soon to reach his first birthday. He has serious congenital heart defects and your donations will go to pay for the surgeries he needs to save his life and give him a chance at a healthy future. His family are farmers in Long Chuan County and have done everything they can to raise money, selling their both their cows and this year's entire crop of sugarcane, but they are still nowhere near the 50,000 RMB that will pay for the surgeries Shang Chao Zhong needs to save his life. They have nowhere else to turn, and your donations will help save his life.

 
   

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