Poverty and its unbearable consequences.
One of the poorest countries in the world is located in South-Eastern Europe: Moldova. Not only the people who live there are poor; the state itself has insufficient financial means to fulfil its tasks: one of them being providing its population with health care.
Babies suffer the most from Moldova's poverty, because they pay with their lives. Health ministry statistics reveal that one in nine children dies of a congenital heart defect in the first week of life. Only half of these newborns make it to their first birthday. The mortality rate of this group of children is 21 times higher than in the rest of the country and at least 60 times higher than in the entire EU.
Parents of such babies who live in poverty need several thousand euros to save the lives of their babies born with congenital heart defects. The situation is made all the more difficult for these families because their children need surgery within a few days of their birth; any later is too late. What's more, Moldova's hospitals do not have the facilities to perform such surgery. In other words, the parents have to come up with the money in question within a very short length of time and fight their way through the bureaucratic red tape to receive permission to transport their child to an appropriately equipped clinic in a neighboring country.
Minor operation, major effect.
The Baby's Heart Foundation was set up by a group of European citizens who are wholly committed to the cause of improving the prospects of survival of babies born with a congenital heart defect in Moldova. These individuals play an active role, because providing these babies with life-preserving assistance is actually not complicated.
Purpose and aim of the foundation
To conduct pre-operative discussions with the families affected, thereby ensuring they receive psychological and emotional support as well as all the information they need.
To strive to provide immediate medical care for babies born with congenital heart defects who are in need of immediate surgery. (The newborns generally have PDA-related heart defects that require surgery within the first seven days of life.)
It is our aim to make it possible for these children to be transported to a neighboring country for surgery. The baby ambulance donated by the SDC is to be wholly committed to this task.
It is for this mission that the foundation is collecting donations.