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Children's HeartLink Global Reports on Pediatric Cardiac Disease

In 2005, Children's HeartLink published the first edition of what was envisioned to be a series of reports on the state of pediatric cardiac services in the developing world. The report, To Save a Child, gave an overview of congenital and acquired heart disease and the impact these diseases have on children in the developing world.

In 2007, Children's HeartLink published the second report, Linked by a Common Purpose, in which a more in-depth look at congenital heart disease is offered, and in particular, the factors that make its diagnosis and treatment so difficult outside of the developed world.

Linked by a Common Purpose addresses the needs of children with heart disease in the developing world. In some of the latest thinking on pediatric heart disease and the challenges in addressing it in under-served regions of the world.

The first section of the report discusses factors in treatment and detection of congenital heart disease in the developing world. The second, is a shorter discussion on acquired heart disease in children, spotlighting two rheumatic heart disease prevention projects, one in India and one in the Pacific Island of Fiji and a Chagas disease prevention project in Ecuador.

Linked by a Common Purpose, discusses the relevance of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to children's heart disease in the developing world, as well as on the effect the health worker migration crisis has on pediatric cardiac care in the developing world. The last section discusses the results from a web survey conducted to explore the views of practitioners in the field of pediatric cardiac care concerning the challenges in the successful treatment, detection and prevention of pediatric cardiac disease.

For the last 43 years, Children's HeartLink has been dedicated to the mobilization of global resources to prevent, treat and cure children's heart disease. We hope that this report contributes to the knowledge and understanding of pediatric heart disease and the efforts to offer greater access to its prevention and treatment in under-served regions of the world, said Bistra Zheleva, director of international programs at Children's HeartLink.

With this report, Children's HeartLink hopes to further the knowledge of the field and come closer to preventing and curing heart disease for all of the world's children.

2007 Children's HeartLink Global Report: Linked by a Common Purpose
2007 Children's HeartLink Global Report Executive Summary - Arabic
2007 Children's HeartLink Global Report Executive Summary - French
2007 Children's HeartLink Global Report Executive Summary - Chinese
2005 Children's HeartLink Study

The Need.

 

Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting one in 100 children. Only one in 10 children has access to care.