The Global Crisis.
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.
Our Legacy Programs.
Uganda and El Salvador
Legacy Programs are Core Programs which have succeeded and now have support from the local hospital and government, have a fully trained team and a dedicated facility with state-of-the-art equipment solely for program use.
Our Core Programs.
Jamaica and Romania
In 2009, the creation of Core Programs maximized our capacity to treat more children each year by developing sustainable pediatric cardiac programs and centers of excellence in select emerging countries.
Rotary and Our Global Impact.
Gift of Life is a Rotarian-based non-profit organization whose initiatives are supported by 318 Rotary Clubs and 70 Rotary Districts around the world. Rotary Global Grants are a major funding source and help to maximize our impact in providing care to children with heart disease throughout the world.
Our 36,000th Heart Healed.
In October 2019, Abel from Bolivia was the 36,000th child to have his heart healed through our global network of caring. Exactly 44 years earlier, the first-ever GOL recipient from Uganda had her heart healed.
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 need from 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.
Program of the Month
Our program in El Salvador continues to lead with their hearts even during the global pandemic. El Salvador is one of the Gift of Life Legacy Programs and over the past month they have truly demonstrated that they have earned this status. While under strict lockdown over the past several weeks, the Salvadoran pediatric cardiac team continued to treat children with heart disease who would not be able to wait. They left their families at home and ventured out to the hospital to save the lives of 18 children who would otherwise have perished. Each member of the team put themselves at risk to save the life of the next child in need. Gift of Life International Salvadoran Affiliate, Latidos de Esperanza continued support for the team by hiring messengers (since they were not allowed to leave their homes) to pick up and deliver essential supplies and medicines to the hospital ensuring that the surgeries could proceed. Local Rotarians provided PPE to the team to keep them safe while providing care to the children at the hospital. We are so proud of our Salvadoran team. Their dedication to, and love for, the Salvadoran children with heart disease is exemplary. It has been an honor to work alongside this team and the many visiting teams who have mentored them over the past 10 years and to watch this program evolve into a leader in the treatment of children with heart disease in Central America.
Story of the Month
While the world experiences the global pandemic of Covid-19, our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus over the past several weeks and months. At the same time, our hearts are heavy thinking of the countless numbers of children and parents who have no access to pediatric cardiac care and are waiting for the day when we are once again to mobilize our healthcare volunteer teams and answer their prayers. We are grateful to all our healthcare volunteers for their dedication, love and support over the years and for the mentorship they have provided to local healthcare professionals in our programs around the world.
During the global pandemic, the strength of our Gift of Life Global Network of Caring has become even more apparent. Healthcare professionals in various countries have stepped forward during quarantines to apply the skills they have learned through training and mentorship to heal the hearts of children who cannot wait. Gift of Life programs and Rotarians have supported these efforts by providing PPE to keep them safe as well as essential supplies and medications to complete surgeries. While the global pandemic of Covid-19 continues, the global crisis of Congenital Heart Disease is magnified. Together we remain strong and focused on our mission to heal little hearts around the world. Please enjoy this video celebrating the strength of our global network as we continue to lead with our hearts and provide care to those in need.
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.
For additional information, please watch this video.