Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Heart to Heart’s volunteers have already trained over 500 medical professionals, who in turn have saved the lives of over 20,000 children in Russia alone.
As we continue to train new pediatric cardiac specialists, thousands more children born with heart defects get a second chance at life. By ensuring that our partner sites become self-sustaining, the number of children we save continues to grow exponentially.
Our impact by the numbers
by Russian pediatric cardiac teams trained by Heart to Heart.
across Russia that Heart to Heart has trained to become advanced pediatric cardiac specialists capable of treating any child with CHD.
of all open heart surgeries
on newborns in Russia in 2013 were performed at Heart to Heart partner sites.
people with access
to timely life-saving heart care for their children in the world’s largest country.
Access to pediatric cardiac care in Russia: Then and now
When Heart to Heart began our work in Russia in 1989, Russian families outside of Moscow had extremely limited access to life-saving heart care for their children.
By working in Russia for over 25 years to build their capacity to manage CHD nationwide, Heart to Heart has given tens of millions of families access to life-saving heart care in their region for the first time. Children living in 5 major geopolitical regions of Russia – spanning 3,463,000 square miles – can now receive timely cardiac care.
It shouldn’t matter where a baby with congenital heart disease is born – every baby should have access to the life-saving treatments that have been saving millions of American children for decades. After initial success in St. Petersburg, Russia. Heart to Heart replicated its program model at several partner sites in major metropolitan areas. Four partner sites have graduated to self-sustainability; and two more are on track to graduate in 2019. By scaling our program model to encompass Russia’s vast territory, Heart to Heart is demonstrating that the cure to childhood heart disease can be taught in an amazingly cost-effective way to save tens of thousands – and potentially millions – of children from this life-threatening but highly treatable disease.