Every heart deserves to beat
Our Little Hearts project provides free life-saving cardiac surgery and interventional cardiac catheterisation for children with Congenital Heart Defects from underprivileged families irrespective of gender, race or religion.
Each year over 1,000,000 babies are born worldwide with a congenital heart defect. 100,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood
What is a congenital heart disease?
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a defect in the heart that a baby is born with. It affects 1 in 100 births around the world and can be treated with an invasive/non-invasive heart operation at birth depending on the type of heart defect.
In poor underdeveloped countries, access to treatment is next to impossible for many of its’ poor. Suffering from:
1. A lack of skilled health professionals;
2. A lack of investment in cardiac sector;
3. And where there is the facility and expertise it is beyond the financial means of the poor.
Muntada Aid believes ignoring this deadly killer is tantamount to a death sentence on the many babies afflicted with this disease. Which is why the Little Hearts project exists. The Little Hearts project is the largest heart treatment project of its kind in the world, sending a team of more than 30 heart professionals each time carrying out on average 60 operations.
1. In addition to sending a global team of medical volunteers to perform life-saving heart operations,
2. Muntada Aid also trains local health professionals to carry out future operations ensuring sustainability and that lives can be saved long after we have gone,
3. and we build and equip cardiac centres with vital equipment and medication needed.
The impact of this project is far reaching; aiming to leave a lasting footprint not only on the children that are treated through it, but also on the local medical staff who receive beneficial training from our experienced team, guaranteeing a future of more capable health personnel.