Three Rwandan children with congenital heart disease, were on Monday 4th October 2021, sent to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Save a Child’s Heart and Rwanda’s Ministry of health.
Save a Child’s Heart is an Israeli humanitarian organization, working internationally to save the lives of children from countries where access to pediatric cardiac care is limited or nonexistent.
Founded in 1995 at the Wolfson Medical Center and operating at the Sylvan Adams Children’s Hospital, the organization has so far saved the lives of nearly 6,000 children from 62 countries, mainly Africa.
“I am very happy that my child is going to receive treatment. I was worried about his future, but going forward it will not be the case. I am very grateful to the Government of Rwanda and Save a Child’s Heart that made this possible,” said Olive Uwineza, a mother of one-year-old child who is part of the latest group going for treatment in Israel under the partnership.
Miriam Ngendahayo,14, who is also among the beneficiaries has expressed delight because she will miss classes no more owing to her sickness.
“Because of my health condition, I used to miss classes often, which would affect my academic performance. I am happy that this will no longer be the case after the surgery,” she explained.
Ambassador of Israel to Rwanda, Dr. Ron Adam, accompanied the three children to Kigali International Airport and commended the partnership between Save a Child’s Heart and Rwanda that is saving lives of Rwandan children.
He added that a group of ten more children is also expected to go for treatment in in the near future.
So far, 22 Rwandan children received treatment in Israel under the partnership between Save a Child’s Heart and the Government of Rwanda.
According to Simon Fisher, Executive Director of Save a Child’s Heart, this number is expected to increase.
“We are pleased that a new MOU was signed in Kigali during the week of the Tour du Rwanda after a meeting between Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije and Save a Child’s Heart supporter Sylvan Adams whereby Save a Child’s Heart undertook treat 70 children with joint funding from the Rwanda Ministry of Health and Save a Child’s Heart,” he said.