On behalf of Annabel Lavielle, Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos, Dr. Hakim Yadi, and Marco Buhlmann, the Global Heart Network board would like to wish all of our blog readers and Global Heart Network Members a Merry Christmas. We hope all of you enjoy spending time with your loved ones and family this holiday season. Here are GHN we too are grateful for our families and loved, but even during the holiday season we never stop thinking about our mission and all those we strive to help around the world. Children around the world continue to need heart surgeries and we hope everyone remembers this during the holidays.
This past year marked the beginning of Global Heart Network’s first campaign in which we made it our goal to raise travel funds for 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. In this year we were able to raise $3000 of the $10000 needed to give these kids access to the surgeries they need. Though the fundraiser was centered around #GivingTuesday, here at GHN we believe that providing access to cardiac surgeries is a yearlong battle. If you missed out on participating in the #GivingTuesday campaign you can still support us by visiting 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 .
In more recent news we would like to highlight that and organization in Geneva in cooperation with Dr. Kalangos has agreed to pay for the surgeries of 2 patients in Geneva. One these patients is Beatrice in the video above is one of the patients that will be helped by this gracious donation. We are very thankful to the organization, but our mission doesn’t end there, for there are thousands of youth around the world in need of cardiac care.
Global Heart Network has recently participated in an engaging discussion about health technology, particularly technologies to protect women and children in developing countries. PATH’s Dr. Anurag Mairal, leader of our Technology Solutions program, and Dr. Ponni Subbiah, head of our Drug Development program, participated in a lively panel discussion moderated by Dr. Nicholas Haan from Singularity University. Major discussions included how business, academia, and the nonprofit sectors need to come together to drive transformative innovation and save lives, and the importance of technology for these collaborative efforts. This is very much in line with Global Heart Network’s vision, using state of the art technology to encourage collaboration to greater a greater impact and increased access to cardiac care. To read more about the PATH conference please visit their site at http://www.path.org/ .
Children’s Heart Nation
Over the past of months we have been presenting excerpts from our partners Children’s Heart Nation’s blog. This week will be presenting the Portrait of Dr. KM Cherian, in part of series. In additions we want to announce that Paul Chaumont, a member of Children’s Heart Nation has just signed a contract with a French publisher to write about children’s hear disease across the world. Global Heart Network hopes him the best and will support him as he writes to gain awareness to the issues of providing access to surgical treatment for heart disease around the world.
Portrait of Dr. KM Cherian: isolated success or national model?
On 20 October 2010, Dr. KM Cherian, founder and executive director of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai not only welcomed doctors worldwide to mark the 20th World Congress of the World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons, but also and especially the 6th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. As a symbol, the Global Forum was held for the first time outside of Geneva, offering an ideal opportunity to highlight and discuss the new challenges of the Pan-African and Asian countries. But holding such an event in India, especially in Chennai where the treatment of heart disease knows its best national results far exceeds the symbolic. India is now a major player in the field of cardiac surgery and contributing many medical and humanitarian points of view to the South projects. As a symbol, Dr. KM Cherian opened the World Congress by announcing the upcoming opening of a mammoth project, the Science Park and Frontier Medical Mediville.
Dr. Cherian’s work is an example in the field and scored a real awareness in the country about the medical care of the poor. His hospital is not only a leading center for India, it is also for all its neighbors. The Frontier Lifeline Hospital, the first major project of Dr. Cherian is a beautiful proof. Devoted entirely to heart medicine, this hospital is equipped with structures and equipment at the cutting edge of technology, has over 120 beds and some of the most experienced doctors in the country in the field of cardiac surgery. It is also the only place in India even practice heart transplants. 20% of patients cared for and come from abroad, not only for convenience but primarily because the operations are performed at the same level as those of Western countries. Most operations teams Frontier Lifeline are made in Chennai but they also operate in two other places in Kerala (neighboring state). In these two cases, the heart hospital service is fully managed by Frontier Lifeline. Dr. Cherian is the symbol of a nation, the symbol of the progress of India in many areas, especially those new technologies and medicine. It is the symbol of the swinging motion that created for developing countries and independence they gain over the years in the development of technological structure. Considered a national hero, texts rarely rave about his achievements outside the operating room. The main reason is that he was a pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery in India. First surgeon to perform a transplant coronary artery in 1975, first to be operated tetralogy of Fallot, the first to have made a heart transplant, he practiced to this day more than 38,000 operations. But beyond his talents as a surgeon, Dr. Cherian has always worked in the interests of his state and his country as a whole, to create structures allowing many patients to be treated decently. And his work extends far beyond past hours in the operating room: he alone has built many cardiac centers and strived to improve the training and working conditions of its employees, making the state Tamil Nadu a model of success throughout the country. Over the years, the state of Tamil Nadu has become a national hub in cardiac surgery. According to Dr. Christopher Roy, a surgeon at Frontier Lifeline Hospital, this trend is primarily due to the advent of new technologies and the pivotal role played by India in this sector. The existing structures are the result of a century of work and research in the medical field, but could not hatch if it were not for India being on the forefront of the market for new technologies. The second element is the will of the state of Tamil Nadu to work for better care. Dr. Roy and gives an example to understand why the state must take action if he wishes to improve its health policy: “In Chennai, we can say that there is a network between medical facilities and state. If for example I have a heart transplant to be performed today, I must have access to donor registries as soon as possible, I need the agreement of the authorities, immediate access from the airport to recover the heart, I need adequate preparation. The whole process depends on the reactivity of the state. But in some northern states, the structures are not even present. It is therefore difficult to talk about the process for now. “ To consider the scope of this work, and we must understand the Indian operation with regard to public health, especially in expensive and resource consuming cases. The health system is predominantly within the power of the Indian state and non-national: some states are proactive (Tamil Nadu in mind), others are only very little. There exists a system of free health coverage for income below the poverty line can be operated in any private hospital.
To read the rest of this excerpt click on the following link. http://childrensheartnation.com/index2.php?article=169
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