Congenital Heart Disease and Access to Care

90 percent of newborns worldwide with congenital heart disease live where medical care is inadequate or unavailable. (Source: Tchervenkov, C., Jacobs, J., Bernier, P., et al. “The improvement of care for paediatric and congenital cardiac disease across the World: a challenge for the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery,” Cardiol Young 2008; 18 (Suppl. 2): 63-69. Cambrudge University Press.)
Approximately 1 in 120 children are born with a heart defect. (Source: Hoffman JL, Kaplan S. The incidence of congenital heart disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2002;39(12):1890-1900.)
In India, less than 5 percent of babies born with critical CHD actually undergo cardiac surgery or any other form of intervention. (Source: Saxena, 2009, “Congenital cardiac surgery in the less privileged regions of the world.”)

One cardiac center caters to a population of 120,000 in North America. In Asia, the ratio is one to 16 million. In Africa, one to 33 million. (Source: Pezzella, T. Worldwide maldistribution of access to cardiac surgery. Letter to the editor. Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery. 2002; 123:1016.)

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