ICHF Mission Statement


Steven and his mom HOLDING HANDS, Honduras 10.2012


The mission of the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to cure and care for children with congenital heart disease in developing nations.  ICHF does this regardless of country of origin, race, religion or gender. Our goal is to make the need for ICHF obsolete. We work toward this goal through our medical mission trips, where we operate on children and educate local healthcare professionals.

Approximately one in every 100 children born in the world will have a heart defect.

In the developing world, this number can be even higher. Many of these children will never see their first birthday because of congenital heart disease. Their parents will mourn the loss. They are powerless to save them because the resources required to treat and cure congenital heart disease are not easily accessible in developing nations.

In operation since 1993, ICHF teams are assembled from world-class cardiac care centers and often include participants from several countries on each mission trip. We implement our collaborative teaching curriculum by operating with and educating local healthcare professionals in their own hospitals. We utilize a variety of educational models, including formal lectures, simulation and clinical teaching. We also assist with medication and equipment needs when necessary and can provide resources to help with organizational change in the centers that we help. With this training, the local teams gradually acquire the skills to care for their children independently.

Since inception, more than 7,000 operations have been performed in more than 30 hospitals in developing nations. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, ICHF enlists your support to provide hope and life for children throughout the developing world.

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