The ongoing tragedy
Every year thousands of almost 300,000 children are born with heart defects in countries such as India and Africa. A lot of these require corrective heart surgery but sadly only few receive any form of treatment.
The treatment they receive is often sub-standard due to lack of resources and expertise. Often the best care available is only in private hospitals, which is out of reach to the majority who require it the most!
This leaves thousands of children with heart problems that have NO access to the desperately needed care that will allow them to live long and healthy lives.
This ongoing problem has been happening year on year for decades in countries such as India, Africa, Malaysia and Mauritius.
Countries such as India and Africa do not have a public health system like the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. In fact, some states in these countries with populations equal to the UK have NO children’s heart centres at all! Thousands of children therefore die waiting for treatment. In some areas the rate of deaths is 10 times that of western developed nations.
- To increase the frequency of trips
- To reach more areas in desperate need of children’s heart care
- To help each centre become self-sustaining by training the local medical staff