Save a Child's Heart (SACH), an Israeli-based humanitarian organization, is a world-leader in providing cardiac surgery for children from developing countries. SACH saves children's lives by performing hundreds of procedures annually, in Israel and in partnering countries, regardless of race, nationality or financial status. In addition, SACH is creating centers of competency in developing countries so children can be treated in their own countries.
1 in every 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect. Most developing countries have few, if any, trained pediatric cardiac surgeons to perform life-saving operations. Children are born every day in places without access to proper medical care. Many children are born with heart defects that are not found for years. In addition, children become ill with rheumatic fever and without access to antibiotics, can have it go into their bloodstream and affect their heart.
Save a Child's Heart is creating a sustainable solution to the problem of congenital and rheumatic heart disease in children from developing countries by bringing children to Israel to receive life-saving heart surgeries. We send doctors every few months on medical missions to perform screenings and procedures on the ground. We are building centers of competency in these countries by bringing medical personnel to Israel to train alongside the doctors at Wolfson Medical Center.
Since its founding in 1995, SACH has treated more than 4,000 children from 54 countries around the world. Over the last 20 years, the program has grown and we now treat 250-300 children a year. We have already trained over 100 medical personnel from all over the world, including Tanzania's first pediatric cardiac surgeon and have been on over 20 surgical training missions. We are currently building an International Pediatric Cardiac Center and creating partnerships with countries worldwide.