Save a Childs Heart (SACH); Mending Hearts, Building Bridges
Methods: The Heart of the Matter Project (co-sponsored by the EU, USAID, Israel Ministry for Regional Cooperation and the PA Ministry of Health ) improves cardiac care for children in the WB and Gaza, facilitates improved interaction between PA and Israeli physicians, convenes seminars for PA doctors at WMC and trains PA medical teams to build their own capacity for local cardiac care.
Results: SACH has performed surgery on >3,600 children from 48 countries, 50% from Iraq, Jordan, the PA and Gaza (even during conflict) with increasing children from Syrian refugee camps. SACH has examined >6,000 children from the PA and Gaza and operated on 1,750 Palestinian children. SACH has trained 21 medical personnel from the PA and currently is training a team for pediatric heart disease at the Palestine Medical Complex (PMC) in Ramallah under an agreement that will provide for referrals, partial funding and interactions between the PMC and the WMC. SACH also provides support and dialogue activity groups for caregivers (now >200) attending hospital with the children at WMC to ease anxiety an unfamiliarity.
Conclusions: SACH responds to the challenges of cardiac care for children in remote regions by providing free services on a voluntary basis at the WMC in Israel: SACH is a model for a global humanitarian health care initiative. The Heart of the Matter Project is a similar model for regional cooperation in pediatric cardiac care.
Learning Areas:Clinical medicine applied in public health
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
List two critical factors for sustaining a public health partnership between partners coming from adversarial communities or countries
Keyword(s): Pediatrics, International MCH
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved with the SACH program for 20 years (Chair, SACH Canada, and clinical researcher, teacher and mentor). I have trained10 or more Israeli heart surgeons and operated, lectured and taught at all major Israeli hospitals. I am Professor Emeritus at U of T, serve on the Global Surgery Committee. I published the book Mending hearts, Building Bridges. I have been editor of J. Cardiac Surgery and Heart Surgery in Canada.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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