Giving Thanks from Global Heart Network
During this time of year, we’re reminded that each of us has something we can be thankful for. With that gratitude often comes the realization that many, many people in the world aren’t quite as lucky as we are. This motivates Global Heart Network, our members and volunteers, into action year round. We are fiercely devoted to helping increase access to cardiac care and working with all our stakeholders.
Collaboration through Global Heart Network
Global Heart Network is working to increase access to cardiac care in low and middle-income countries through our online matchmaking platform. Through our site, stakeholders are able to post needs to the site and get connected to other network members that post resources to the site. In this way we are able to match needs to the resources in order to increase global access to cardiac care by bridging the disconnect by all those working in global cardiac care. To be an active collaborator visit www.globalheartnetwork.com
Campaign #GivingTuesday Travel Fund
Collaboration at GHN isn’t limited to connecting our members, we also strive to make cardiac care accessible by creating the connections ourselves through campaigns such as #GivingTuesday campaign! Through this campaign we are trying to fundraise for our travel fund, but this week we really want to emphasize its importance and impact such a fund will have. Through our campaign we hope to raise $10,000 for our travel fund for pediatric cardiac patients to get access to the surgeries they need. With this initial fundraising goal, 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.
Here at GHN we want to emphasize that all funds raised will be going to provide not just 1 surgery, but 10 surgeries!! The typical humanitarian surgery model entails flying out a patient from their home country to a 1st world country’s hospital, limiting the impact funds can make. Here at GHN we believe that “Where you are born with heart disease, should not dictate whether you live or die,“ so we are making it our mission to use funds in a sustainable manner. By bringing the surgeons, supplies, volunteers and patients together at a local surgical center, we are able to greatly reduce the cost, allowing for many more patients the access to surgeries they need.
We are proud to announce that last week we launched our campaign video to give better visibility to the travel fund campaign and its mission. Our video is now live on the Razoo Video Challenge site where GHN has the opportunity to raise $3000 if our video is selected. If you are interested in supporting the campaign please visit our GivingTuesday page http://givingtuesday.org/partner/global-heart-network/ and donate to the cause through our partners Razoo http://www.razoo.com/story/The-Travel-Fund-Campaign-Givingtuesday .
Children’s Heart Nation
In this weeks translation of the Children’s Heart Nation blog we translate the interview with Annabel Lavielle, the founder of Global Heart Network. This is part of our weekly segment highlighting key interviews and accounts from our Partner organization’s Children’s Heart Nation and their year long journey around the world trying to get a clearer picture for global access to cardiac care.
Three questions to Annabel Lavielle
At 80 days of our return to France, today we are starting a series of interviews dedicated to short emblematic figures of pediatric cardiac medicine that have enriched our project over the months. We decided to spend our first three questions to Annabel Lavielle, co-founder and president of Global Heart Network and indispensable partner for our adventure. Annabel comes back on the origins of its founding, the importance of this new technological tool and the challenges facing infant cardiac medicine in the years to come.
How the idea of Global Heart Network come about? What was the trigger?
My daughter, Elise, underwent open heart surgery at the age of six months. A little later, we became a host family through Cardiac Surgery for two children from Morocco and Senegal coming to Paris for an operation. After this experience, I decided to change the industry and work in the field of global health. When my family and I moved to San Francisco, I went back to school and earned a Masters in Administration of NGOs. My thesis focused on organizations working in the field of cardiac care in developing countries. I was shocked by the lack of cooperation in an area that had so much need for help. The idea of Global Heart Network has really started to germinate after the meeting Afksendiyos Kalangos Professor, Head of Department of Cardiology at the University Hospitals of Geneva. He and other humanitarian workers I had the honor of meeting inspired and pushed me to make a personal commitment to this cause.
How Global Heart Network can be an important tool in the future for improving management of childhood heart disease?
Hundreds of thousands of children die each year from heart problems. Many would need to be treated before their second year, but suffer from the lack of facilities in their home countries. The number of children is estimated to be 8 million people worldwide suffering from heart problems and one million people who die before their first year, congenital heart disease or rheumatic heart disease due to Streptococcus. Many lives could be saved if there was a better coordination between NGOs installed on-site health services in the country concerned and heart specialists in developed countries. Operations carried out by teams to save these lives are cheap, only $ 1,000 for the operation equipment. Speed is the main element and that is what makes this a revolutionary platform: contacting all stakeholders very quickly to make the operation possible. Our mission is to improve access to cardiac care in developing and underdeveloped countries. Although we encountered challenges inherent to any new idea, we believe that real change in this area through technology and the use and promotion of this tool by a large group of leaders so that the majority then follows. Global Heart Network aids coordination, improvement and management of services related to pediatric cardiac diseases in underdeveloped countries. We create the link between needs and available resources allowing all those working in this area have access to “best practices” and avoid duplicating certain procedures. The tool is simple and transparent, but requires a commitment from all stakeholders; we know that it takes time for it to grow. It’s frustrating because we are inundated with requests for help and ideas we would like to submit as soon as possible on the platform to start an interaction. We encourage everyone who reads this article and who work directly or indirectly in this area to register and introduce yourself.
What are the main challenges of the coming years for childhood heart disease?
I leave that to professionals Health as regards the evolution of the treatment of heart disease and the challenges associated therewith. However, our challenge is to fight for better efficiency. Global Heart Network works to encourage greater collaboration between the parties in order to avoid that some effort should be made in duplicate. We bet on technology as the best tool to advance in cardiac care. Global Heart Network is now in its launch phase to allow an even greater service in the future. As I read in a report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty through Sustainable Economies and Transform Development, Governments and international agencies are gradually realizing that the best way to increase efficiency is to promote synergies between different sectors. It is no longer possible to apply only the health sector when it comes to issues affecting health. We hope that through our forums, we will engage a cross-sector dialogue, asking real questions about real topics and providing real answers. We must support research and continuing education for congenital heart disease like rheumatism heart. We need to support the work of the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation. We must ensure that limited funds are allocated correctly. HLG for the framework of the United Nations Political Declaration of 16 September 2011, recognizing non-communicable diseases (note: Non-communicable diseases) as a threat to the economies of all Member States and leading to increasing inequalities between countries and populations. This confirms the right of everyone to enjoy the best physical and mental state that is achievable. I saw the continued efforts of Dr. Kalangos to provide the greatest possible assistance and allow a second life to many children worldwide. I look at the current geopolitical situation and I see people with a lot of power and others with a lot of resources that can influence the quality of life for many others. Dr. Kalangos is a model for us all. To put it simply, our vision and commitment are intended to supplement the work of people like Dr. Kalangos for.
To view the Children’s Heart Nation blog in French click the link below.
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