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Volunteer Spotlight: Tony Ruiz

Not all of the volunteers on our missions have a medical background.  Meet Tony Ruiz, an advertising and marketing professional with a knack for photography. He joined us on our mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic earlier this month to help document the trip with pictures and stories.  Tony is no stranger to volunteering. He […]

Dr. Zaf

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Intikhab Zafurallah, PICU Intensivist

I grew up in Guyana and did my undergraduate training and subsequently, my internship at the Georgetown Hospital. During my training, I walked these hospital wards, and it was the first place I fell in love with the practise of paediatrics. It was indeed very upsetting to see the babies and children with congenital heart […]

Steve Taylor

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is a cardiovascular perfusionist and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada. After learning about ICHF from a colleague, he began volunteering in 2008. Steve was looking for an opportunity to contribute to an organization that not only provided surgery to pediatric patients but also worked to equip local doctors and staff with […]

Nergess Taheri

Volunteer Nergess Taheri

This trip was an amazing experience. It allowed me to use my medical knowledge and taught me so much. I really loved that the team was so willing to teach me. I learned something from everyone. I felt it was a key part of my experience that everyone was so willing to teach. As a […]


Babyheart Mission Macedonia

A photographer’s first voyage on ICHF’s first Babyheart medical mission to Skopje, Macedonia Humanitarian missions are a labor of love, with equal parts of each. They’re also full of hows… How are things going to go, how will the kids do, how is the culture different to what I’m used to? There’s an excitement to […]