Global charity Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) has been named one of two institutional winners of this year’s 2018 United Nations Population Award.
The international non-profit organisation, founded in 1995, raises funds worldwide to help save as many children as possible with heart disease from developing countries - regardless of nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation.
Save A Child’s Heart Australia CEO Sharonne Antonir said the UN Award was a significant acknowledgement of the charity’s work providing life-saving cardiac surgery for children.
“The UN Award raises important awareness of the work of Save A Child’s Heart globally - and the role Australians can play to help children worldwide who are in great need,” Ms Antonir said.
“SACH treats children suffering from heart disease - including many children from areas ravaged by war or natural disaster, including Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and Haiti.
“SACH simultaneously creates centres of medical expertise in developing countries to enable local physicians to treat patients from their own communities independently.
“The work our organisation is able to undertake globally is all thanks to support from our donors, and our paediatric cardiac care team - who volunteer their time and medical expertise.”
To date, Save a Child's Heart have saved the lives of more than 4,740 children from 56 countries in Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and throughout the Middle East, and trained more than 150 medical team members from these countries.
SACH doctors all volunteer their time to the organisation - which means that the full cost of life- saving heart surgery through SACH is only $20,000 per child.
“We are inviting all Australians to partner with us to raise funds and support the incredible work of our charity to help children and families around the world,” Ms Antonir said.
“This is a remarkable opportunity to be part of helping save the lives of children suffering from heart disease - as recognised by the UN Population Award - which recognises outstanding achievements in population and health.
“Congenital heart defects are responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect - but we can work together to do something about it.
“Australians can financially support SACH projects, including the International Paediatric Cardiac Center in Israel, SACH Medical Missions and Training Doctors.
“I invite all Australians to consider partnering with us, to enable this significant work worldwide.”
Australians can donate directly to Save A Child’s Heart Australia online via https:// www.saveachildsheart.com/take-action/donate/ and clicking through to the ‘Australia' link.
More information about Save A Child’s Heart is available at saveachildsheart.com.
ABOUT SACH in Australia
Save A Child’s Heart Australia is committed to raising awareness about the global work of SACH, to save as many children as possible with heart disease from developing countries - regardless of nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation.
Individuals and organisations in Australia can partner with SACH to raise funds and support the work of the charity globally. Australians can financially support SACH projects, including the International Paediatric Cardiac Center in Israel, SACH Medical Missions and Training Doctors.
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