Hospitals for Humanity (HfH) is a 501(c)3 organization which works to decrease barriers to healthcare for people around the world, through a variety of effective, high impact, contextually appropriate programs.

Through our team of medical professionals, at Hospitals for Humanity, we are working to improve the quality of lives of children who are born with heart defects in countries with limited resources.

85,000 children are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) every year in Nigeria. About 25% of these will need heart surgery or other interventions to survive, whilst others may face a life-long risk of health problems.

At Hospitals for Humanity our goal is to provide 150 free open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures on African children every year, but we can only do this through support and donations.

By donating you will be giving these children the opportunity to be children again. Not only does our work save lives, but it helps children play, run, ride their bikes and fulfil their ambitions, where once they may have struggled for breath doing even the most basic of tasks.

Less than 112 pediatric open heart surgeries are performed each year in most African countries. We have found that most children in Africa are under-screened and underdiagnosed, and this is mainly because most countries in the continent lack the basic infrastructure and personnel to provide the required services.

African children who get diagnosed with CHD typically get referred abroad to centers in India, UK and US for surgery. However, very few families are able to afford the associated international costs, and for those who can’t it may sadly lead to an untimely death.

Currently, we have a revolving list of over 1000 children that require open heart surgery. It is revolving because at least 1 child on our list will die each week.

We are raising funds to ensure that we can provide our free service every year to 150 children who need open heart surgery. Alongside this, we are also building up an improved screening process, offering training and ensuring that these procedures can be replicated in these areas for the foreseeable future.

By donating, you will be helping children gain access to free cardiac services that would not otherwise be available to them at all. Services include:

  1. Pediatric Open Heart Surgery
  2. Surgical consumables and supplies
  3. Labs
  4. X-rays
  5. Echocardiograms (ECHOs)
  6. Cardiac Catheterization
  7. 10 Days of hospitalization in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and step down medical care
  8. Follow-up care

Please help us to improve the lives of these children, allowing them to enjoy their childhood and look to the future, just as any child should have the right to do.

Our Pillars of Sustainability

Our Pediatric Open Heart Program has 6 pillars that form the foundation of Sustainability.

Clinical Services

This arm concentrates on clinical patient care by trained medical professionals

Section 1: Core Medical Professionals/Team

  1. Pediatric Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgeon
  2. Pediatric CT Anesthesiologist
  3. Pediatric CT Intensivist
  4. Pediatric Cardiologist
  5. Pediatric CT Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  6. Pediatric Perfusionist
  7. Pediatric CT Surgical Nurse
  8. Pediatric CT ICU Nurse
  9. Pediatric CT ICU Pharmacist
  10. Pediatric CT Respiratory Therapist
  11. Biomedical Engineer
  12. ECHO Technician

Section 2: Medical Outreach

  1. Screening Programs to detect Heart Defects
  2. Patient Evaluation

Section 3: Patient Management

  1. Optimizing patients for surgery (Medication Management, Dietary Management)
  2. Consulting
  3. Telemedicine

 

Educational/Training

This arm concentrates on establishing fully certified residencies and fellowship programs on the aforementioned medical professionals

  1. Fully Accredited Residency/Fellowship Program Development
  2. Specific Medical Conferences that focus on the Pediatric Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery
  3. CME (Continuing Medical Education)
  4. International Skill and Knowledge transfer
  5. Collaborating with International Pediatric Heart Institutions

 

Medical and Clinical Research

This arm focuses on developing a research lab around pediatric cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery, pharmaceutical therapies and devices

  1. Development of Basic Science and Clinical research projects
  2. Development of Pharm Projects
  3. Development of Pediatric CT devices Projects
  4. Development of Good Operating Procedures

 

Administration

This arm focuses on the operational aspects of the program

  1. HR
  2. Finances
  3. Accounting
  4. Marketing
  5. Social Media Management
  6. Fundraising
  7. Creating partnerships
  8. Strategy Development
  9. Procurement (Equipment, Medication, Medical Supplies/Consumables etc)
  10. Documentary (Video, Pictures, Content Creation, Photographer etc)

 

Advocacy

This arm focuses on creating awareness within African Government (Agencies, Senate, House of Reps etc)

  1. Reaching out to Federal/State/Local in Africa Government to change laws and programs around children with heart defects
  2. Advocating for funding and programs for children with heart defects
  3. Advocating to other NGO’s for children with heart defects
  4. Advocating to Private Sector Org’s for children with heart defects

 

Medical IT

This arm focuses on integrating current medical IT into our pediatric open heart program with the goal to give each patient the best chance of survival

  1. Electronic Medical Records(EMR) management
  2. Patient Database management
  3. Website (Management, Content Development