Key Dates

By september 2005, we had secured the fundings for Palestinian children suffering from congenital cardiopathy to undergo surgery free of charge

Rapidly, we had 3 key issues to solve :
1- Transfer medical knowledge to Palestinian physicians
2- Screen the children near their home
3- Prevent congenital cardiopathie linked to endogamic marriages by informing the families on this risk.

+ 2006

53 sick children underwent surgery.

+ 2007

The association decides to fund the training of Palestinian doctors to state of the art techniques such as echocardiography and catheterism. This training takes place at Hadassah during 12 months. The first trained Palestinian physician went to work in Djenine, in the north of the West Bank.
The physicians under training go on a regular basis 2 days per week to Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem to conduct a systematic screening.
It is now possible to have an early detection of cardiopathy for new born children. At Hadassah hospital, Professor Rein and his team perform surgery on more and more children. Post surgery follow up is done where the children live. By the end of 2007, 102 Palestinian children had undergone surgery.

+ 2008

As it is better to fornewarn than to cure, A Heart for Peace sets a program of genetic counseling. We sponsor the position of a young Palestinian genetician who informs directly the Palestinian families on the risks linked to endogamic marriages. By the end of 2008, 139 children had undergone surgery..

+ 2009

228 sick children underwent surgery.

+ 2010

284 sick children underwent surgery.
But our task is far from being achieved.
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Children who underwent surgery 13 53 102 139 228 284

Every week, A Heart for Peace allows a Palestinian child suffering from severe congenital cardiopathy to undergo surgery free of charge at Hadassah Israeli hospital.


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