BENEFITING: CHINA CALIFORNIA HEART WATCH
Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are the most common congenital anomalies. During five years of work in rural Yunnan province, China Cal has found that rural medical personnel are not sufficiently trained or motivated to detect CHD in newborns. The result is that children with heart defects go undetected and exhibit their first symptoms between 5 and 15 years of age, when it is too late for corrective surgery. These children die in adolescence or young adulthood. Newborn screening can prevent this tragic scenario. Screening would require adequate examination with a standard stethoscope and pulse oximetry at birth followed by a thorough stethoscopic examination at three to six months of age. China Cal, together with Kunming Medical University and the Yunnan Province Department of Health, is creating a program to train all rural doctors responsible for the care of newborns and infants to do proper examinations at birth and at six months of age.
The training program has already started operating in Hong He prefecture and will move on to other prefectures every one to two months for the coming two years. Kunming cardiologists are sent to county and town hospitals to train rural doctors on proper cardiac examination of newborns and small infants.
We need your help to create this training program. A donation of only $50 is enough to train two rural doctors to properly examine newborns and small infants.