Zimbabwean children with congenital heart disease

BRAVE LITTLE HEART ZIMBABWE TRUST

FUNDRAISER FOR: RENOVATIONS, EQUIPMENT & MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR A CARDIAC WARD & OPERATING THEATER

GOAL $10 000

FUNDS RAISED WILL GO TOWARDS THE DIAGNOSIS AND EARLY TREATMENT OF THE VULNERBLE CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE (CHD) CHILDREN IN ZIMBABWE

 

THE CURRENT PROBLEMS FACED BY THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE:

LACK OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS

Many children experience lack of early detection due to lack of equipment in clinics & hospitals and at times are given wrong medications.

1 in every 100 babies is born needing a lifesaving surgery to survive. Almost 200-300 recorded yearly deaths happen to children living with heart disease. This defect is 60 times more prevalent than cancer, but sadly very little resource is put to combating this disease.

The local hospitals have no equipment for complex open-heart surgery. There are no medical supplies for the treatment of these children

NO DESIGNATED ADMISSION WARD

CHD patients are High Risk patients and need isolated area of admission and treatment. A ward has been donated towards the cause but there is no equipment or beds to get it up and running.

SURGERIES

Currently there are no local sustainable solutions to have these lifesaving surgeries to cater for the complex heart surgeries. Due to Covid 19 travel restriction, it has become vital to be able to perform these surgeries locally. Most children are stuck within the Zimbabwean borders and at high risk of losing their lives if the lifesaving surgeries are not performed.

NO AWARENESS

The affected families feel marginalized and face a lot of stigma when looking for help as there is no awareness of the challenges they face as a heart community. There are no educational materials to bring awareness or educate caregivers in the clinics and hospitals so many families are stranded and with very limited knowledge of what is going on with their children and the severity of the condition. Funds are needed to source these educational materials and to be able to run education seminars for parents.

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED

·         Supporting the existing cardiology ward to be able to perform more heart surgeries locally

·         Renovating of cardiac unit, equipping with medical supplies, food aid and administration.

·         Set up mobile clinics which are accessible to vulnerable heart communities with free echo diagrams.

·         Where possible fund home visits from medical practitioners.

·         List of some of the equipment needed

 

Portable ECG machine and Holter monitor, Blood gas machine ,Portable x-ray machine, Defibrillators, Pacemakers, Spirometers, CPAP machines and ventilators, Echo machine with TEE probe for infants and children  cath lab, Cardiac MRI, Thermal paper for echo printout, Portable O2 tanks for transferring inpatients, Oxygen delivering equipment, IV catheters, should be on wheels, Pulse oximeters, automated blood pressure machine with variety of sizes of bp cuffs, Laryngoscope with different sizes of blades, endotracheal tubes sizes 3.5 to 7, Multiparameter monitors for each bed, critical care beds  some with popup mechanism,  resuscitation trolley ambu-bags, Chest drains, reliable efficient lab, inotropes, central lines.

Every dollar can make a difference for our vulnerable CHD Communities Donations can be received through this GoFundMe.

Regular updates and accounting to the satisfaction of the donors. We will keep records of each transaction, the medicines, equipment purchased, and any other costs incurred.

 

Donations

  • Nothando Nyathi  
    • $30 
    • 23 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 1 mo
  • Kirsten Loughton 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Nonto Ncube 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Thembe Moyo 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo

Organizer

Sipho Moyo 
Organizer
Wembley, WA
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