Sunday, 21 April 2024
Sunday, 21 April 2024

Life-saving charity announces 2023 plans for its Little Hearts project

UK charity, Muntada Aid, announces plans for its flagship project, Little Hearts, in 2023 with the team aiming to deploy 6-8 missions across multiple countries including Bangladesh, Kenya, Kosovo and Libya. The charity aims to facilitate over 350 life-saving heart operations during these missions for children with congenital heart defects from underprivileged backgrounds. 

Little Hearts is Muntada Aid’s flagship project and was launched in April 2012. The charity provides free life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital heart defects from underprivileged backgrounds irrespective of gender, race or religion. Since 2012, it has carried out over 40 missions in 12 countries and has now performed over 2,500 cardiac interventions and surgeries saving thousands of lives.

Along with the three missions, the charity hosted a fundraising campaign in Saudi Arabia in February with Hope and Knowledge Cycle Club to raise vital funds for the Little Heart missions this year. Over 30 cyclists from the club took o the Hijrah Ride from Mecca to Medina again after being the first cycling team in the world to complete this challenging journey earlier in 2022.

An estimated 1.5 million children are each year born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) globally. 10% of babies born with CHD do not survive their first year of life. 1000s more die and don’t reach adulthood. In poor underdeveloped countries, the lack of specialised medical infrastructure means babies born with congenital heart defects have little or no access to necessary treatment.

Kabir Miah, Little Hearts Programmes Manager at Muntada Aid, commented:

“Every mission our Little Hearts team delivers gives vital medical support to so many children in countries where there simply isn’t the infrastructure to perform these complex operations.

“For each deployment, we arrange a team of diverse volunteer medical professionals from various parts of the world along with shipping medical supplies, but every mission saves lives which is why we will continue to deliver as many as possible throughout the year.”

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