Healing Little Hearts in Uganda.
The Gift of Life International initiative to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac programs in emerging countries began at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) in 2009. Since then, we have upgraded essential equipment, facilitated training by world-class healthcare professionals, installed a telemedicine system and provided supplemental supplies and medicines to support reliable and sustainable surgeries and catheterizations at UHI. We have also worked to engage the UHI Hospital Administration and the Ugandan Ministry of Heart who now annually support this program.
The pediatric cardiac program at the Uganda Heart Institute is a Gift of Life International Legacy Program which is providing care to children with heart disease on a sustainable basis.
Additionally, we have partnered with Dr. Craig Sable and the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC to address the Rheumatic Heart Disease(RHD) crisis in Uganda. More than 100,000 children have been screened for RHD and over 1,000 of these children receive monthly penicillin injections to prevent advanced RHD.