Celebrating our 30,000th Heart Healed.
The global network of Gift of Life celebrates healing the heart of the 30,000th Child in October 2017. Exactly 42 years after the first GOL recipient from Uganda was treated, Rood from Haiti received his lifesaving heart surgery.
Healing Little Hearts Around the World.
We provide hope to children with heart disease from developing countries, regardless of their gender, creed, or national origin.
With approximately 1.3 million children born each year having a heart defect and knowing that 93% do not have access to cardiac care, our goal is to make this lifesaving care available to children everywhere.
We empower healthcare professionals in emerging countries by providing them with skills transfer, state-of-the-art essential equipment as well as supplemental supplies and medications allowing them to treat children with heart disease in their country of birth.
We believe by developing sustainable pediatric cardiac programs and establishing Regional Centers of Excellence in East Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, we will save lives and allow communities to care for their own children with heart disease.
To maximize our impact, we partner with Rotary Clubs and Districts around the world, as well as like-minded organizations and global healthcare professionals.
Since 1975, through our global network of caring, we have provided hope to more than 30,000 children spanning 79 countries and 5 continents with the help of our 82 affiliates around the world.
Impact of your donation
|$50||Could provide regular exams following surgery|
|$100||Could provide medicines needed to ensure a healthy recovery|
|$250||Could provide 6 months of nutritional assistance prior to surgery|
|$500||Could provide one year of nutritional assistance following surgery|
Our MissionHealing Little Hearts Around the World
Our mission is to provide lifesaving cardiac treatment to children in developing countries regardless of gender, creed, or national origin. Our goal is to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac programs by implementing screening, surgical and training missions which are supported by autonomous Gift of Life programs, Rotary Global Grants and generous donors from around the world.
News. Updates on Hearts Being Healed Around the World
Read the latest news from Gift of Life Affiliated Programs around the world regarding their impact as they work to heal more little hearts in their region.
Story of the Month
February is National Heart Awareness Month. While we continue to heal little hearts throughout the world each and every day, we will focus efforts on Haiti this month. Gift of Life International is proud to work together with Rotarians, hospital administrators and staff from St. Damien Hospital, visiting healthcare professionals from Ospedale Pediatrico Gaslini, Akron Children’s Hospital and Albany Medical Center and like-minded partners Haiti Cardiac Alliance and Friends of Montfort to bring hope to Haitian children with heart disease. We are the only consortium of non-profit organizations currently in Haiti performing heart surgery either on children or adults.
Thanks to a Rotary Global Grant, we will partner with the Rotary Clubs of Verrazano and Port-au-Prince, The Rotary Foundation and several other Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and Gift of Life Program contributors to provide lifesaving cardiac treatment to 15 children during our 18th mission to Haiti.
Program of the Month
Gift of Life International (GOLI) is proud to feature Gift of Life Inc. as our Program of the Month. Gift of Life Inc. (GOL Inc.) is the founding program of our global network and has been instrumental in helping to heal the hearts of more than 33,000 children since 1975. This month, GOL Inc. is a major sponsor of the Rotary Global Grant funding our 18th medical mission to Haiti. GOLI and GOL Inc. are proud to partner with Ospedale Pediatrico Gaslini, Akron Children’s Hospital, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, St. Damien Hospital, GOL New York, GOL Northeast Ohio, GOL Long Island, GOL 7505 Foundation, Rotary Clubs of Verrazano, Algiers, Port-au-Prince, Rotary Districts 6960, 6840, 7980 Interact, The Rotary Foundation and Friends of Montfort as we heal little hearts in Haiti. We are the only consortium of non-profit organizations currently in Haiti performing heart surgery either on children or adults. Without us, these children have no hope of receiving treatment. Thank you to Gift of Life Inc. for your love and dedication to the children of Haiti and around the world. Please enjoy additional reports from Haiti missions trips here.
Humanized Care for Medical Staff, Families and Children
Compassionate Patient and Family-Centered Care
Caring for children in a medical setting is best practiced with the collaboration of all members of the team, including families, doctors, nurses, occupational, respiratory and physical therapist, and other medical staff. For all, it is the provision of sensitive and empathic child and family services. These can create safety and comfort as children are separated from families, encounter medical procedures, and stay in strange environments.
In this collaborative style of treatment, it is equally important that staff are also helped to develop self-care methods. This training enables them to understand and relieve the emotional stresses that arise for them in their settings, and to more effectively identify and support some of the emotional and social needs of the families and children in their care. Mindfulness, Meditation, Guided Visualization for stress reduction, Coherent Breathing, and music are some of the strategies introduced and practiced.
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