Save a Child’s Heart

Côte d’Ivoire, 2020

Save a Child’s Heart reinforced the capabilities of Abidjan’s Institute of Cardiology, conducted a pediatric cardiology clinic and sent five Ivorian children to Israel for life-saving surgery and catheterization.

Project story

Honored by the UN, Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international NGO that provides cardiac care for children from developing regions around the world, born with life-threatening heart defects. To date, it has saved more than 5,000 children from 59 countries – more than 30% of them from Africa.
In Côte d’Ivoire, Save a Child’s Heart set out to reinforce the pediatric cardiac surgery capacities of Abidjan’s Institute of Cardiology by providing advanced staff training. Five Ivorian children were sent for surgery at Wolfson Medical Center in Israel, where they are expected to recuperate for several months.

The process

Challenge

Millions of children around the world lack access to advanced cardiac care, without which their life expectancies are limited. Save a Child’s Heart’s goal is to provide the life-saving treatment they need, regardless of nationality, religion, race, gender or financial ability.

Approach

Save a Child’s Heart brings children from around the developing world to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, where it provides life-saving cardiac surgery and catheterization. SACH also dispatches medical missions abroad to perform cardiac procedures and provide training for local medical teams.

Solution

Save a Child’s Heart conducts scheduled cardiology clinics to evaluate children, both before and after surgery and catheterization. It also brings physicians from developing regions to Israel for long-term specialized training, after which they return home with the skills required to offer a new level of professional care, creating centers of cardiac care competence so that children can be treated in their own communities.

Some numbers

SDGs we followed

Children from 59 countries treated by SACH

+5K

Ivorian children operated

5

Medical staff trained from developing regions

+120

Dr. Godwin Godfrey

"The training I received will enable me to return to Africa and save children’s lives.”

Tanzania’s 1st pediatric cardiac surgeon, trained at SACH.

In conversation
with Haim Taib

Haim Taib is Mitrelli’s President and Founder and the President of Save a Child’s Heart Africa.

“Compassion is not self-evident, and it creates ripples of positive influence all over the world, and now also in Côte d’Ivoire.”

“Compassion is not self-evident.”

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