Little Hearts in Africa
There is little reliable data concerning the prevalence of congenital or acquired heart disease in African children, but there is sufficient information to indicate that the burden of cardiac disease is hugely significant. This major non-communicable disease is largely hidden, overshadowed by the incidence of communicable diseases. Congenital heart defects are among the most common birth defects. Many affected children require medical and surgical treatment. Even after treatment, some children may be at increased risk of illness and death because of cardiovascular complications, rhythm abnormalities, or other long-term adverse events. The cost of treatment related to diagnosis and treatment of heart disease is beyond the reach of most of the indigenous population in Africa.
The “Little Hearts” project will provide free life-saving cardiac surgery and interventional cardiac catherization for children with Congenital Heart Defects from underprivileged families in Africa irrespective of gender, race or religion.
The Project will also:
- Short-term Objective: To provide treatment following the cardiac surgery and interventional cardiac catheterization for children
- To provide treatment following the cardiac surgery and inverntional cardiac catheterization for adults if congenital.
- Medium-term Objective: To provide training to medical staff in the related field of cardiology, cardiac surgery, intensive care, and anesthesia.
- Long-term Objective: To establish a functional, effective and economical centre for cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery in each receiving country.
The Medical Team
More than 75 medical staff from 14 Nationalities comprising of; Cardiologists, Surgeons, Anesthetists, Intensive Care Specialists, Nurses and Technicians make up a team of international volunteers for Al Muntada Trust.