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Brazil July 2017 Mission Report

Mission to Macapá, Brazil     7/30/2017 to 8/11/2017  Hospital São Camilo On July 30, the CardioStart team began its second mission at the Hospital São Camilo of Macapá, Brazil, which provides free cardiac care to impoverished patients in the region of Amapá State, located in the Brazilian Amazon area. This region is very underserved with medical care and patients have to travel sometimes hundreds of miles to get even basic care.  The volunteers were welcomed by an enthusiastic local team who wanted the best care for their patients and were eager to [...]

By | 2017-11-07T21:06:06+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Brazil, Past Missions|0 Comments

Nepal June 2017 Mission Report

CardioStart’s 5th Mission to Kathmandu University / Dhulikhel Hospital & 2nd Mission to  Human Organ Transplant Center   Dhulikhel & Bhaktapur, Nepal June 2-10th, 2017   The Himalayan Range at sunrise from Dhulikhel On June 2nd, 2017 an international team of 13 volunteers traveling from Ghana, Nigeria and the United States came together to assist the people of Nepal. This was CardioStart’s fifth visit to Kathmandu University hospital in Dhulikhel, Nepal.  Our first mission to help initiate the cardiac surgery program in May of 2015 overlapped with [...]

By | 2017-10-15T16:00:17+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Nepal, Past Missions|0 Comments

Peru May 2017 Mission Report

HOSPITAL DEL NINOS Lima, Peru May 20-28th 2017 In May, 2017 a CardioStart pediatric cardiac team returned to the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño (Children’s) Hospital, Lima, where we had assisted previously OVERA PERIOD SPANNING 20 YEARS, to continue development of the Pediatric Cardiac Development Programs. There remain a large number of children needing evaluation; for several regions, particularly in the interior, tertiary evaluation is still not possible at the moment. The healthcare need continues to be a pressing requirement.   Around 50% of the people of Peru [...]

By | 2017-10-10T22:34:27+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Past Missions, Peru|0 Comments

Dominican Republic May 2017 Mission Report

ADULT SURGICAL MISSION SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MAY 6-13, 2017 CardioStart completed its 4th annual Adult Cardiac Surgical Mission to Santo Domingo with great success.  All patients did well and were discharged within a couple days of surgery. Rheumatic Fever, caused by untreated strep throat caused many to have damaged valves at an early point in their lives leaving them debilitated.  Others suffered from congenital defects that would have been repaired as infants or children but because of poverty have become adults with the defect impacting [...]

By | 2017-10-06T00:11:15+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Dominican Republic, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ecuador 2017 Mission Report

 MISSION REPORT May 28-June 10, 2017      PEDIATRIC HEART SURGERY Hospital del Nino Dr. Francisco de Icaza Bustamante, Guayaquil, Ecuador A CardioStart mission team made an inaugural visit to the Hospital del Nino Dr. Francisco de Icaza Bustamante in Guayaquil, Ecuador on invitation by the hospital and the Fundacion El Cielo Para Los Ninos de Ecuador. The Children's Hospital Dr. Francisco de Icaza Bustamante received gold level accreditation by Accreditation Canada International (ACI) on November 20, 2014, after meeting international health care standards of quality. This is the first [...]

By | 2017-09-18T00:37:58+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Blog1, Ecuador, Past Missions|0 Comments

Picture This: Through a Nurse’s Eye

Ever wonder what the missions are like for our volunteers? Please take a moment to read this touching article written by our very own volunteer Kate Earley. This article was originally written for The Canadian Federation of Nurses Union International Solidarity grant. Picture this… Eleven month old Juliet sits on her mother’s lap just inside Hospital del Niño in Ecuador. Juliet is small for her age, but despite her size she is the center of attention in the hallway outside the exam room where all of the pediatric surgical [...]

By | 2017-08-22T23:45:09+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Blog1|0 Comments

Anniversary Celebration in Brazil

Thank You for an Amazing Anniversary Celebration in Brazil!     Thank you to all those who supported our most recent dinner fundraiser July 4th in Sorocaba - São Paulo, Brazil at the Tradição Urbana restaurant. With a crowd of nearly 100 people, we are so grateful for the all support our Brazilian friends and family have shown. This beautiful event was put on to help fund our humanitarian missions for 2017. We are having such a busy year, with more missions than ever before and fundraisers like [...]

By | 2017-08-10T19:41:29+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Events, Recent News|0 Comments

Pediatric Mission to Dominican Republic November 2017

PEDIATRIC HEART SURGERY MISSION SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC November 4-11, 2017 The International Management Committee representing CardioStart is pleased to announce a return mission to The Clinica Corazones Unido Hospital in Santo Domingo.  The mission will focus on managing pediatric cardiac presentations. Facts about the country Capital: Santo Domingo Dialing code: +849 Population: 10.3 million. Language: Spanish The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the [...]

By | 2017-08-06T20:15:23+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Blog1, Dominican Republic, Upcoming Missions|0 Comments

Nigeria September 2017 Mission Invitation

CardioStart announces its 2nd mission to Enugu, Nigeria September 3-13, 2017   We invite volunteers experienced in Adult cardiac surgery and intensive care to participate in this important and exciting program-building effort at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria.  The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states. Its capital is Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in [...]

By | 2017-07-02T22:24:45+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Blog1, Nigeria, Upcoming Missions|0 Comments

What is Perfusion

Do you know what Perfusion is? Many have never heard the term, yet this role is such vital one in the realm of heart surgery. Without the proper management of the heart, lungs, and blood, the life of a person’s body could not be sustained! Though the surgeon performs the lifesaving surgery, the Perfusionist’s role is vital to sustaining the brain and other organs while the heart repair is being carried out. Thanks to the generous donation from, that donated perfusion guide manuals to our missions, we are [...]

By | 2017-07-25T21:07:13+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Recent News|0 Comments