This week the Heart Healers team is in Uganda for another medical mission. This time we’re partnering up with Imaging the World, working on bringing cardiac care to the rural Health Centre in Nawanyago.
Several advocates for the care of children with heart defects from around the globe joined together in Geneva, Switzerland last month at the 11th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, including Heart Healers own Dr. Craig Sable. Today, we’re sharing with you some highlights that Dr. Sable took from the Forum Meeting so you can better understand the desperation that makes our mission necessary and what kind of impact Heart Healers makes on the cardiac community.
February 1st is also Super Bowl Sunday. Why do we mention the Super Bowl? Well, keep on reading to find out. You’ll be surprised!
Heart Healers International was started in 2008 to help give hope to children with heart problems in 90% of the planet that do not enjoy access to medical care we take for granted in North America. Uganda remains our most active country but we also do work in Morocco and have partners in 6 continents. We recently changed our name from Abaana Heart Healers (Abaana is the Ugandan word for children) to Heart Healers International to reflect our more global appeal. However, our commitment to our work in Uganda is stronger than ever.
Nearly 200 open-heart surgeries have been performed in Uganda, the first in 2007; complexity has increased every year and survival is over 98%. The Children’s team lead by surgeon Pranava Sinha performed the first open heart surgery in a brand new operating room on February 12, 2013.