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.
In 2003, Hassan Bukenya was the first of over 400 Ugandan children treated by Heart Healers International. Hassan and 46 other children came to Washington in the first 5 years of our program. Since then we have focused on treating children in Uganda, and hundreds have received treatment here. Today, I was able to see many of the children who were very young (Hassan was 4) when their hearts were fixed, now all grown up. Many who I held in my arms on the plane rides from Entebbe to Washington are now taller than me.
Exciting News! Dr. Sable and his medical team leave today for Uganda on their first trip of 2015!
They have been crazy busy with arrangements but the adrenaline from knowing what important work lies ahead is keeping them going. The supplies and equipment are boxed –over 1,000 pounds worth and the team will be bringing it all to Dulles Airport this afternoon.
All told, 20 team members will be in Uganda to perform heart surgery, catheterizations and Rheumatic Heart Disease research. Dr. Sable will also be meeting with the Ugandan Prime Minister on Tuesday to seek additional funding for pediatric cardiac care.
September 29th – October 5th, 2013
Over the last decade, echocardiography has proved to be the most sensitive tool for early RHD detection. The WHO now supports early detection of RHD through echocardiography in high-prevalence regions. The WHF has published evidence-based guidelines for the echocardiographic diagnosis of RHD. These guidelines were designed for use with a standard portable echo machine.
This guest post is from Children’s National Melissa Jones, a nurse practitioner specializing Cardiac Surgery. She is one of many members of our Cardiology team who are in Uganda.
What an amazing week with an incredible team! We completed eight surgeries, 13 cardiac catheterizations, screened roughly 200 children for heart disease, and evaluated more than 100 by our general pediatrician and our genetics team.