What would you do if your child was one of the 1 in 100 children born with a heart defect? Parents are willing to move heaven and earth to save their child's life, but often, their options and finances are limited. Sadly, routine surgical procedures freely available in the developed world are out of reach in almost every African country. With your generosity, we can change this by providing 100 vulnerable South African children with heart surgery at no cost to their families.
Children with normally curable illnesses must not die due to their geographical and financial situation. For around 3,500 babies in South Africa each year, being born with a heart defect is a death sentence as treatment is simply unavailable to them.
The Children's Cardiac Foundation of Africa is on a mission to help by providing high quality surgical care to these children. By working with private paediatric cardiac units and other local sponsors, we are able to treat these children surgically. Their heart defect is likely resolved, at least for several years or even decades, with one operation or intervention.
In addition to providing surgery to 100 children, we also able to train doctors and nurses in the field of paediatric cardiac care, building much needed surgical competence throughout South Africa. In time, and through collaboration with local government, we expect every province to set-up and run their own paediatric cardiac programs. This will save many more young children in the years to come.