Missions and Clinics

Since it is not possible for all of the children and doctors we want to help to come to our facility in Israel, our fully equipped Save a Child’s Heart medical team travels to partner sites around the world to diagnose children, teach, and perform life-saving heart surgery. To date, thousands of children have been examined by Save a Child’s Heart in 64 clinics abroad, which have taken place in Angola, China, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan (Iraqi children), Mauritania, Moldova, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Zanzibar.

During medical missions abroad, our medical team works alongside local personnel, some of whom have been trained in Israel by SACH, to screen and diagnose children and to perform operations, facilitating relevant training in cardiology, cardiac surgery, intensive care, anesthesia, perfusion, and nursing.

Following the children’s examination, the Save a Child’s Heart medical team, which includes two physicians – at least one of them a cardiologist – decides together with the local partner on a list of children requiring heart surgery or catheterization. This list will be used by the local team to prioritize the cases and determine who should be sent for surgery based on medical need and when, in accordance with available funding.

Cardiology clinics also provide essential follow-up care for children who were previously treated by Save a Child’s Heart.

During the clinics abroad, the Israeli physicians are often joined by colleagues, such as Dr. Nicole Haeffner from Kinderhilfe Sansibar, Dr. Livia Kapusta from UMC St Radboud, in Nijmegen, Holland and Dr. Rula Awwad, Pediatric Cardiologist from the Palestinian Authority, who has concluded a 4-year training fellowship at the pediatric cardiology unit at the Wolfson Medical Center under the Save a Child’s Heart program.

During each clinic held abroad, the doctors screen dozens to hundreds of children, both pre and postoperative patients. This is dependent on the length of the mission and the destination. At any given moment there are thousands of children suffering from heart disease around the world who require our assistance.

It costs $5,000 to send a medical mission abroad

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