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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

A Volunteer’s Perspective by Rebecca Drake

Macapá, Brazil Mission April 2016 A Volunteer’s Perspective by Rebecca Drake The Macapá, Brazil Mission hosted at the Hospital São Camilo was my second volunteer mission with the CardioStart International team. Heading into this mission, I was asked to not only help in the ICU, but to be the Educational Director as well. I was motivated to work diligently to help establish a functioning intensive care unit that would be sustainable for the local team, however I did anticipate challenges with the language barrier and educating at the bedside. The first two days spent with the local team in their facility were the most overwhelming, however most productive. We got so much accomplished! I always approach these missions with the mindset that we are starting […]

By | July 26th, 2016|Blog1|0 Comments

Dominican Republic 2016 Mission Report

2016 ADULT SURGICAL MISSION SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Through the invitation and support of Fundacion HeartCare Dominicana, CardioStart International returned for a 4th mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Hospital Corozonas Unidos. This very successful mission was focused on adult congenital and acquired heart disease surgical treatment.  Eight patients aged 17 to 70 received life-saving heart surgery.  An additional 4 patients received pacemaker/defibrillator implants through the donation of devices from Medtronic Inc. Despite being known for its beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts there is huge disparity in available healthcare for [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Blog1, Dominican Republic|0 Comments

Ghana 2016 Mission Report

Report of CardioStart’s 7th Mission to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Kumasi, Ghana February 14 - 26, 2016 On February 14, 2016 twenty-three CardioStart International volunteers from seven different countries advanced an ongoing cardiovascular program-development effort at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana.   Comprehensive techniques in both adult cardiac surgery and electrophysiology were the focus of this visit, which was CardioStart’s seventh collaborative mission at KATH committed to teaching at this important training institution in West Africa. Apart from KATH, there is a single center in all of Ghana [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|Blog1, Ghana, Past Missions|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