The Stan & Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation
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A Partnership of the Heart (cont.)
In      May      2015,      Heart      to      Heart      Founder      &      Medical      Director,      Dr.      Nilas   Young,      and     Executive   Director,      Josie      Everett,      traveled      to      Lima      to      discuss      our      program     model      with      Peru’s   cardiac      leaders.     The      demand      for      heart      surgery      in      Peru      today     greatly      exceeds      capacity.   At      the      present      time,      open      heart      surgery      is      available     on      a      very      limited      basis,      and      only   in      the      capital      city      of      Lima,      home      to      around     one-third      of      the      nation’s      population.      This   means      that      less      than      33%      of      the     children  and  adults  in  Peru  have  access  to  life-saving cardiac care. CHD      occurs      in      roughly      1%      of      all      births      worldwide:      each      year      in      Peru      6,000     children      are   born      with      heart      disease,      the      vast      majority      of      whom      will      join      a     waiting      list      for      life-saving      surgery.      And      an      estimated      300,000      adults      in      Peru     have  valvular  heart  disease: the vast majority of them must also wait. During      the      site      assessment      trip,      Heart      to      Heart      held      a      week-long      series      of     meetings      to   assess      the      viability      of      a      multiyear      collaboration      whose      goal      would     be      to      develop      the   capacity   to   treat   underserved   heart   patients   throughout   the country   of   Peru.   The      series      of      meetings      included      site      visits      to      three      medical     institutions      and      discussions   with      leaders      from      five      different      cardiac      teams      –     each  with  varying  capacity  to  treat patients with heart disease. After         extensive         meetings         were         held         to         exchange         information,         thought        leaders   envisioned      and      shared      scenarios      about      how      to      structure      a      multiyear     collaboration      that   would         significantly         impact         the         treatment         of         heart         disease        throughout         the         whole   country.   We      are      thrilled      to      have      met      such      enthusiastic     and      dedicated      cardiac      specialists      in   Lima.      We      hope      to      include      them      in      Heart     to      Heart’s      network      of      colleagues      in      the      near   future. As   always,   we   thank   you   for your support – we could not do this without you.