Aim: Save children with serious heart disease born in the poorest countries
Launch year: 2005
The problem: 1 million
It has been estimated that every year 1 million children are born with congenital heart disease all over the world. Around 80% are born in a poor country: half of them won’t survive beyond the first year due to lack of medical help and surgical facilities; the others will suffer serious growth problems and difficulties in their psychosomatic development, caused by pulmonary and/or circulatory handicaps.
Help them now!
with 15 euros you donate 300 km of flight for Italy to 1 child
with 50 euros you donate drugs for the post surgical operation
with 150 euro you donate a month of hospital care for 1 child
Mission Bambini fights to save children with serious heart disease in the poorest Countries with the program "Children’s Heart" that has 3 methods of intervention:
- Medical volunteers’ missions: we organize periodical missions of italian volunteer doctors in the hospitals of the poorest Countires, in order to operate children with the most serious heart disease and contemporary offer training to the local doctors;
- Transporting children to Italy and to Romania: If there is a lack of both hospitals and doctors, children are transported to Italy or to Romania (if born in an Eastern European country) where they receive surgery in hospitals. The Foundation bears the costs of the journey and the stay in Italy for the children and their companions (usually the mother).
- Support to local hospitals: If both hospitals and health care workers are available, the Foundation supports the purchase of equipment and facility improvement or covers the costs of surgery for the poorest families.
Only in the last year we have helped 2,264 children: 214 underwent surgery and 2,050 diagnostic screening, thanks to 15 projects (7 volunteer doctors’ missions, 3 partnerships to transport sick children, 5 partnerships to support local hospitals), in 10 Countries (Brazil, Cambodia, Eritrea, Kenya, Myanmar, Romania, Somalia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe).