The Children's Heart Program aims at reducing the mortality rate in developing countries of children affected by congenital or rheumatic heart diseases, with particular attention to the less privileged population. Three pillars: LIFE-SAVING CARDIAC SURGERY - CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING - PREVENTION 8 Countries of intervention (currently) Goal 2019: to save 200 children
Congenital Heart Difects (CHD) is the most common cause of major congenital anomalies, representing a major global health problem. An estimated 1 million children is born every year affected by heart diseases . In developed countries, congenital heart disease is easily diagnosed (even prenatally) and successfully treated, with pediatric cardiac surgery if necessary. In developing countries are often lacking prepared medical staff and adequate health facilities. Years can go by just to obtain a
To save children with serious heart defects, born in developing Countries and to enable local hospitals to be autonomous, through capacity building and training by volunteer doctors who work alongside local doctors. Three Pillars: LIFE-SAVING CARDIAC SURGERY Children suffering from heart disease receive life-saving cardiac treatment CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING Local hospitals are self-sufficient in treating heart diseases in children (diagnosis, surgical treatment and follow up) PREVENTION
A significant aspect of the "Children's Heart" Program is the training of local doctors and health personnnel. The long term aim of the partnership with local hospitals is to reach the autonomy in treating heart diseases in children, raising the level and quality of the whole local sanitary system. During surgery camps abroad, the selected local healthcare staff work alongside with the MB volunteer doctors for the transfer of skills and know-how. To ensure continuity of the training activiti
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