The Importance of Pediatric Cardiology in Developing Countries
Pediatric cardiology is a specific medical field that focuses on diagnosing and treating heart issues in children. A pediatric cardiologist will determine what the problem is and the best course of action to correct it. Sometimes, the issue may require surgery, in which case the pediatric cardiologist will work together with a pediatric heart surgeon to decide on specific treatments and interventions.
There are two main types of heart disease that are seen in pediatric cardiology: congenital heart disease (CHD) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Congenital heart disease is when a child is born with a heart problem; rheumatic heart disease is when a child develops a heart issue after being born. Both diseases can present life-threatening issues and require medical attention.
While pediatric cardiology services are common and widely accessible in many developed nations, these services are often hard to obtain in developing countries—usually where they are needed most. Furthermore, both congenital and rheumatic heart disease are staggeringly more common in children living in developing countries. Nearly 90% of babies born with congenital heart disease live in areas where medical care is inadequate or unavailable, displaying a severe need for access to both general and specialized healthcare services, like pediatric cardiology.
Many of the children who require medical care are also part of families who need humanitarian aid. In response to the limited access to healthcare in the places it is needed most, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) has created the Healing Hearts Pediatric Cardiac Program in Palestine and the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program in Gaza to ensure that children in need get the vital medical care they require.
PCRF is not a political or religious organization. Our mission is to provide medical and humanitarian relief collectively and individually to Arab children throughout the Middle East, regardless of their nationality, politics, or religion. We rely on charitable giving to provide medical treatment, surgeries, safety, shelter, and support to children and their families suffering from pediatric heart disease. Find out how you can get involved and help make a difference in children’s lives today!