“A simple child, that lightly draws its breath, and feels its life in every limb, What should it know of death?” -William Wordsworth
It is every child’s right to be born into a world where he or she can thrive, grow to be strong and make their parents proud. It is not, however, every child’s destiny.
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 countries and remote regions. Medical team skills, money to transport and house patients and their families, medicines, equipment and facilities are scarce.
Since 1993, the mission of the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to diagnose and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing countries that request our help. ICHF does this regardless of country of origin, race, religion or gender.
Our teams are assembled from world class cardiac care centers. We implement our informational curriculum by operating with and educating local health care professionals. With this training, they in turn can care for the local children. Since inception, over 6,000 operations have been performed in countries that span all continents.
As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the ICHF enlists your support to provide hope and life for children throughout the developing world. Let our passion become yours!