For Immediate Release
August 14th - 6:00 AM - Israeli based, humanitarian organization, Save A
Child's Heart, welcomes its first group of children from Rwanda to be
operated on in Israel at Wolfson Medical Center.
Save A Child's Heart (SACH) welcomes the arrival of its first group of
Rwandan children suffering from heart disease to be operated on in Israel at
the Wolfson Medical Center. The five children, who range from just a few
months old to 15 years of age, will land in Israel on Tuesday, August 14th,
2007, accompanied by a Rwandan Nurse as well as by two mothers.
The arrival of the children to Israel marks a new phase in the partnership
between SACH and the people of Rwanda which began in mid-March 2007, during
an inaugural visit to Rwanda, following the organization's annual medical
mission to Ethiopia. The 48 hour introduction visit to Rwanda included
meetings with various officials and medical personnel who strive for the
development of an improved healthcare system.
The SACH medical team visited the King Faisel Hospital in Kigali and met
with Dr. Joseph Mucumbitsi, the Head of Pediatric Cardiology unit. Dr.
Mucumbitsi had previously contacted Save A Child's Heart to request
assistance from the organization in order to help rehabilitate and develop
the Rwandan medical infrastructure as well as help to treat complex
pediatric cardiac cases among the nation's children.
During the visit to Rwanda, Dr. Tamir, Head of the Pediatric Cardiology
Department at Wolfson Medical Center together with Dr. Mucumbitsi, conducted
a screening clinic for over a dozen children who suffer from heart disease
requiring treatment. The operations for the Rwandan children will be
carried out by SACH as part of its longstanding humanitarian activities that
has brought over 1700 children from 27 countries around the world to Israel
over the last 12 years for heart surgery.
Save A Child's Heart provides life-saving heart surgeries for children from
developing countries in Israel. Since 1996 children have come to SACH from
countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, Zanzibar, Moldova, Vietnam and China
while close to half of the total number of children treated at SACH are
Palestinian or from Arab countries including Jordan and Iraq. Follow up
care and capacity building are also an integral part of SACH's core mission
SACH has broadcasting quality footage of the visit to Kigali.
For more information, please contact Save A Child's Heart: