ICHF will make three trips this year to Georgetown, Guyana, a country with an infant mortality rate of 29 per 1,000 live births. We are visiting at the request of the Minister of Health of Guyana, and we will be building on the ongoing work that has initiated by a group from Calgary, Canada, who have begun building a strong pediatric cardiology program in Guyana.
We will visit Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation April 25 to May 9, July 4 to 18 and Sept. 26 to Oct. 10. Currently, no hospital or health care center exists in Georgetown to provide cardiac surgery for children who suffer from congenital heart disease.
In 2014, a group of children from Guyana were sent to Jimani, Dominican Republic, to receive cardiac operations by ICHF surgeons. Now, instead of putting them through risky travel situations, ICHF is bringing the services to them at the request of the group from Calgary, Canada, that has provided a pediatric cardiology program for the past three years.
ICHF members visited the site in January 2015 to assess the infrastructure of the center and to meet the local team, who were well organized and extremely motivated to help in as many ways possible. Plans are now in place to build a new cardiothoracic unit for both adults and pediatrics in Georgetown. The ultimate goal is to develop human resources for the program to help with teaching, training and educating.
To learn more about ICHF and the trips and programs we have planned, visit our mission schedule page.