Ten years ago in Asia, there was only one treatment center for congenital heart disease (CHD) for every 16 million people. Despite rapid medical advances across Asia and wide-ranging health reforms in China in particular, access to pediatric cardiac care remains difficult.
Children are more likely to be born with CHD than any other major birth defect, and approximately 132,000 children in China are affected annually. Every year, about 72,000 cases of congenital heart disease are undiagnosed or untreated in China.
Children's HeartLink has supported the development of pediatric cardiac services in China since 1999. Since then, our efforts have been far-reaching:
Watch this short video to see an overview of our work in China: