Global Health Network is kicking off its #GivingTuesday Campaign

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“Where you are born with heart disease, should not dictate whether you live or die. “

On behalf of Global Heart Network (GHN), I like to extend a warm welcome to all our network users out there. Whether you are avid follower of GHN or came across our page today, we think it is vital that the word get out on the great things that GHN that is doing to promote collaboration in the battle against congenital heart disease across the globe.

This week we want to highlight Global Health Network’s #GivingTuesday campaign. For those not familiar with the #GivingTuesday campaign, it is a national effort taking root from the black Friday movement in order to promote giving towards charitable causes. This year Giving Tuesday will be December 3rd, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Through Razoo, a crowd funding organization, we hope to mobilize our community in our effort to raise $10,000 for our travel fund for pediatric cardiac patients to get access to the surgeries they need. Ultimately, we hope to establish a much larger fund, but with this initial fundraising we hope to get 10 children in need of heart surgery from Nigeria, Liberia, and Tanzania to the General Hospital in Yaounde Cameroon where world-renowned surgeon Professor Kalangos will conduct their surgeries with the belief that no one should ever be denied because of where they were born.

The image above is of patient Hadijah, 9 years old from Tanzania diagnosed with and Atrial Septal defect in her heart. She is one of the patients that hopes to access to the life saving surgery as a result of #GivingTuesday campaign.
The image above is of patient Hadijah, 9 years old from Tanzania diagnosed with and Atrial Septal defect in her heart. She is one of the patients that hopes to access to the life saving surgery as a result of #GivingTuesday campaign.

Many times humanitarian efforts highlight stories of patients being transported to U.S. hospitals and successfully getting treated, but these efforts are costly and unsustainable. Through the Global Heart Network we have connected the surgeons, supplies, and patients to nearby treatment centers. By locally connecting all these pieces necessary for treatment we can sustainably treat more patients at the same cost that would usually only be able to treat one patient in need at U.S. hospital. There is only one piece of the puzzle missing-, We need to mobilize the GHN community and raise these funds needed for this collaboration to happen. If you are interested in supporting this campaign please visit our page at http://givingtuesday.org/partner/global-heart-network/ and donate at http://www.razoo.com/story/Global-Heart-Network-Foundation .

For those of you not familiar with our organization, our mission at GHN is to increase access to cardiac care in low and middle-income countries.  With our first year officially under our belt, we are working on the redesign and the launch of GHN 2.0 for 2014. We want to make a pivot in our model – . Our concept is around co-coordinating, improving and managing services relating to Heart matters in underdeveloped countries. Actually in essence we are an online peer-to-peer matchmaking platform facilitating “matchmaking” between network members to find solutions to increase access to cardiac care in low and middle-income countries. Check GHN out at www.globalheartnetwork.net to become active part of the battle against congenital heart disease and to get connected to others like you that want to make a difference.

If GHN’s cause appeals to you or you feel like you can contribute to the network, I encourage you to follow us on our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Weekly Blog. My name is Gabriel Fregoso and I am the new social media intern working to give GHN a greater presence in the social media community. It is crucial to GHN that the word gets out that GHN is here to foster and create a community that actively collaborates through our site for a common goal. Every person that joins the GHN network makes takes us one step closer to our goal of global collaboration, so please encourage friends and family to join us in our cause.

GHN encourages users to submit content the on how GHN can or has helped their cause. If you or a friend has a story you want to share, please do not hesitate to send it to Gabriel@globalhealthnetwork.net and we will highlight it in on our weekly blog.

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