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Medical training programs
Q: How much does it cost to save a child’s life?
A: $10,000 is required to save the life of a critically ill child. This amount covers the cost of local transportation, hospitalization, room and board and recuperation in the Save a Child's Heart Children’s Home.
Q: Can I sponsor a specific child?
A: Yes – if you would like to sponsor a specific child then please email email@example.com
Q: How can I donate to Save a Child's Heart?
A: We accept donations by credit card, cheque, cash and bank wire transfer. Please visit the donate page to make an online donation or for offline methods. Donate now
Q: Can I make a tax deductable payment on my donation?
A: Yes. Save a Child's Heart is a registered charity in Israel, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Kenya and you can claim back the tax in all of these countries. Please visit our donate page to see how to donate in your preferred country.
Q: Can I make a donation to Save a Child's Heart and receive a certificate of appreciation?
A: Yes. If you make a donation to Save a Child's Heart on the occasion of your birthday, someone else’s celebration, in memory of someone or for any other reason, you can receive a certificate of appreciation, sent to you or to the person you are donating on behalf of. Following your donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant contact and occasion details.
Q: How are children from abroad referred to the Save a Child's Heart program?
A: Save a Child's Heart (SACH) Medical teams travel to partner sites to evaluate pre and post operative patients. Following the children’s examination, the SACH medical team and the local physicians decide together on a list of children requiring heart surgery or catheterization. This list will be used by the local team to prioritize the cases and determine who should be sent for surgery and when, in accordance with available funding. In conjunction with the children’s invitations to the Wolfson Medical Center, SACH undertakes to cover all the costs of the medical treatment.
Q: Can I refer a child to Save a Child's Heart for treatment?
A: Yes. Please send updated medical records of the child to Sarah at email@example.com. We will then be in touch once our medical team has revised them.
Q: What is the process in Israel after a child has arrived?
A: The children that arrive in Israel are met at the airport by a Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) doctor who checks them to see if they are ok after the journey. If they are ok the children are taken to the SACH House for a shower and a meal. After that the children go to the Wolfson Medical Center for a first round of examinations - blood tests, X-rays, echocardiographs etc. After these examinations the children return to the house and wait until they are called for surgery. This can take between a few days waiting until a couple of weeks – depending on the child’s health condition. After surgery the children stay at the hospital for a week or so, and then they are brought back to the house whilst continuing to go back and forth to the hospital for checkups. Once the child has completely recovered and is healthy enough then they are able to return home.
Q: How many children are treated in Israel at once?
A: Normally, there are between 20 and 30 children being treated by Save a Child's Heart at any given time.
Q: How long does a child stay in Israel for?
A: Depending on the complication of the heart disease and the subsequent treatment, a child remains in Israel for 2-3 months. The children coming from the Palestinian Authority stay in the Wolfson Medical Center around a week, also depending on the complication of their heart disease and until they are well enough to go home. They are then invited to a weekly clinic at the Wolfson Medical Center for regular check ups.
Q: What are Coumadin clinics?
A: The cardiology clinics abroad also provide essential follow-up care for children who were previously treated by Save a Child's Heart (SACH). For children who have undergone valve replacement and require a drug called Coumadin for the rest of their lives in order to regulate their blood thickness, SACH has set-up Coumadin clinics in partner sites. SACH provides on-going supply of the medicine along with the examination kits required to test the blood. They also monitor and counsel the clinic’s personnel.
MEDICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS
Q: What training courses does Save a Child's Heart offer?
A: Save a Child's Heart has 6 training courses on offer: Pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, anaesthesia, pediatric intensive care, fetal ultrasound and nursing. Visit our Training Programs webpage for more details.
Q: How can I enter the Save a Child's Heart (SACH) training program and what does it entail?
A: The list of criteria needed to apply can be found in the link ‘How to Apply’. The trainees are then selected by SACH and SACH’s medical partners. SACH provides all trainees with board and lodging, monthly allowance, transportation and makes all the arrangements necessary for the training program. The trained medical personnel will return to their home countries to apply the knowledge acquired, in their respective medical centers and act as SACH medical partners. This could be as referral centers for children sent to Israel or by taking part in the continuing development of their centers, which includes the participation in SACH teaching missions carried out on an annual basis.
Q: What is a pediatric Advanced Life support (PALS) course?
A: The American Heart Association developed the PALS course over a number of years. The program is based on the input and experience of many specialists worldwide. It is designed for both medical and paramedical personnel who treat and work with children of all ages. The primary aim of this extensive course is to simplify the methods of resuscitation of infants and children, by creating common language for caregivers and unity in therapy. The uniqueness of the PALS course is that the participants work and practice with “smart dummies”. The methods of teaching have been greatly simplified and are presented in a very concise manner. Each “student” is provided with a skill and practice station. More than 50% of the course time is devoted to actual hands on practice on the “dummies” which “react” to their resuscitation efforts according to pre-written scenarios.
Q: What is Congenital Heart Disease?
A: Congenital Heart Disease is a defect in the structure of the heart of a newborn baby and it is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. In developing countries, eight children in 1,000 are born with a congenital heart disease.
Read more about Congenital Heart Disease
Q: What is Rheumatic Heart Disease?
A: Rheumatic Heart Disease is damage to the heart valves usually as a result of a streptococcal throat infection. This disease is more severe, and appears in an earlier age in African children compared with others.
Read more about Rheumatic Heart Disease
Q: Is the incidence of CHD higher in developing countries that in the developed world?
A: The incidence of congenital heart disease is the same all over the world, affecting about 0.6-0.8% of all live newborns. In developed countries, many of the congenital heart problems can be repaired completely during infancy and the child will be healthy for life. However, in developing countries, the infrastructure is often inadequate to treat these children. If their congenital heart disease, even if initially only a small problem, if left untreated then it will most likely deteriorate to major life threatening and sometimes untreatable diseases.
Q: Is the incidence of RHD higher in developing countries that in the developed world?
A: Rheumatic heart disease is still a very common and huge problem in Africa, Asia and South America. It is very rare in north America, Europe and other developed countries, mainly because of the improved level of living and the good medical services available.
Q: Can I volunteer at the Save a Child's Heart?
A: Yes. Save a Child's Heart (SACH) is indebted to its team of volunteers who give their time and skills to make the lives of the children and their families easier and more enjoyable. Our volunteers play with the children in the SACH home, sit with parents or an unaccompanied child in hospital when they need extra support, take photographs of the children to send back to their families, and so much more. We are often in need of volunteers who speak a second language – French and Portuguese are particularly helpful. To volunteer your time and skill to Save a Child's Heart, please email the house mother, Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are there any items that I can donate to the Save a Child's Heart Children’s Home?
A: We are often in need of furniture, clothing, toys and other such items. If you have something of this kind to donate, please first contact the house mother, Laura, since though generous, we lack storage space and cannot always accept donations. Laura can be contacted on email@example.com or 03 558 9656.
Q: I am a medical student abroad and would like to volunteer for Save a Child's Heart (SACH) in a medical capacity. Is there any possibility of an internship with SACH?
A: Yes, we offer foreign medical students the option of coming to Israel for 2 weeks or more, at $100 a week. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.