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Tribute to Riya

Ms. Ulrika Dandekar 1993 – 2014 Please join us in celebrating the life of Ulrika (Riya) Dandekar, who participated in Outreach and database collation on the inaugural 2009 mission to Kumasi, Ghana building a permanent heart surgery programme.  She joined the historic mission from the UK with her father, Dr. Uday Dandekar, who was Medical Director of CardioStart’s UK chapter. At the Komfe Anokye Teaching Hospital, in Kumasi, a national centre, she was very actively involved in the clinical management during the two-week mission and counseled the patients undergoing congenital and acquired heart surgery. She also assisted to collect the data about their life challenges in relation to their cardiac presentation.  That experience […]

By | January 5th, 2015|News, Recent News, Volunteer Profiles|0 Comments

Nepal 2016 Mission Invitation

MISSION INVITATION DHULIKHEL HOSPITAL/KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, NEPAL June 11-18, 2016 You are cordially invited to participate in the 2016 return mission to Kathmandu University Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal. This 225-bed community supported hospital is expanding services to 2.5 million Nepalese to include full cardiac services. The cardiology department is currently providing angiograms and interventional cardiology procedures in-house. They are now providing adult cardiac surgery on a weekly basis. CardioStart International returns for the 3rd time to continue building on this program development. Nepal Ever since Nepal first opened its borders [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|Blog1, Homepage Featured, Nepal|0 Comments

Dominican Republic – Pediatric Heart Mission Report

REPORT OF PEDIATRIC HEART SURGERY MISSION SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Date: 7th – 15th November, 2015 […]

Battling Congenital Heart Disease

For many in developing countries, access to basic medical procedures and services is considered a luxury. Something as simple and routine as a vaccination is not always easily attainable, which can be the battlefront against many diseases. […]

By | February 7th, 2016|Blog1, News, Nigeria, Recent News|0 Comments

Macapa Brazil 2016 Invite

Mission to Macapa, Brazil Program development in pediatric and adult cardiology and surgery April 17th – April 29th, 2016   Brazil’s current economic and healthcare delivery […]

By | January 20th, 2016|Brazil, Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

Nepal 2015 Mission Report

CARDIAC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NEPAL MISSION NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 4, 2015 After a stuttering start with the May 2015 mission interrupted by the massive earthquake disaster CardioStart was finally able to start the surgical mission at Kathmandu University Hospital, Dhulikhel, Nepal on its return visit later in the year. This mission was not without its challenges, too. India’s political and effective trade blockade limited fuel and supply delivery to Nepal, impacting on transportation and the daily living conditions for most people in the country. A one-day strike also delayed outreach and hospital staff from work. Despite these difficulties the local team was excited to rise to the challenges, learn and proceed with the launching of the permanent adult cardiac surgical program. EDUCATION Prior to the mission date, one of the CardioStart anesthesiologists, Dr. Michael Schupp MD, arranged for two Dhulikhel ICU nurses to receive some intense training in the United Kingdom at the University of Leicester Teaching Hospital. Financed by CardioStart, they returned in time for the start of the mission. […]

By | January 19th, 2016|Blog1, Homepage Featured, Nepal, News, Past Missions|0 Comments

Kumasi Ghana 2016 Invite

CardioStart Mission Announcement to Kumasi, Ghana Adult Cardiac Surgical Mission & Pacemaker Implementation Program February 14-26, 2016 CardioStart International Board and International Missions Committee is proud to announce its 2016 mission to Kumasi, Ghana at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). Applicants are welcome to apply at our “Volunteer Interest” form. Team selections will be made based on team needs and professional experience. […]

By | December 14th, 2015|Ghana, Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

Dominican Republic 2016 Invite

ADULT CARDIAC & CONGENITAL HEART SURGERY MISSION SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC April 17-24, 2016 * Thank you all for your interest in this Mission. We are Fully Staffed for this mission.   The International Missions Committee representing CardioStart is pleased to announce the return mission to Clinica Corazones Unidos Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.   This mission will focus on adult patients.   […]

By | December 13th, 2015|Dominican Republic, Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

Volunteer Highlight – Dr Emily Farkas

A SURGEON AND A NIGERIAN CHIEF?   As Mission Director for Nigeria Dr. Emily Farkas, an adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon already has a plethora of awards and credentials on her resume. But perhaps none as as incredulous as the title of “Chief”. In 2013, Dr. Farkas was awarded by government diplomats of Nigeria the honorary status as a tribal “Chief” for her work in doing the first heart surgery in over 10 years in Nigeria. Enugu Government leaders have the authority to assign “entitlements” to people who are born outside of the usual tribal hierarchy but are deemed worthy of such a respected honor. […]

By | November 16th, 2015|Blog1, Homepage Featured, Nigeria, Volunteer Profiles|0 Comments

Nigeria 2015 Mission Report

Report of CardioStart’s Inaugural Mission to Enugu, Nigeria August 15-29, 2015 Members of CardioStart & UNTH teams together with representatives from Rotary International On August 15, 2015, 18 volunteers from 5 different countries commenced a pediatric cardiac surgical program-building effort at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria. This represented the inaugural mission by CardioStart International in conjunction with the VOOM Foundation and was generously supported by Rotary International and Gift of Life.       UNTH doctors practice some suturing techniques learned from the CardioStart team […]

By | November 13th, 2015|Blog1, Homepage Featured, News, Nigeria, Past Missions|0 Comments

Dominican Republic 2015 Mission Report

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ADULT SURGICAL MISSION AUGUST 9-15, 2015   Convento de los Dominicos in Santo Domingo   On August 9th, CardioStart International volunteers returned to The “Clinica Corazones Unidos” upon invitation and support of Heart Care […]