Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has deployed a medical convoy to Bangladesh, under the Little Hearts program.
Over 10 days, a specialist medical team will perform cardiac catheterizations for 100 children with congenital heart defects. They include physicians and assistants from the United States, Jordan, Palestine, and Qatar.
The mission is coordinated with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and Sidra Medicine. The total budget is $202,157 (QR 737,873).
Most of the medical equipment and consumables were procured from HMC and medical suppliers in Doha, while the remaining were procured from the authorized supplier of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in Dhaka, which will host the procedures.
QRCS's Medical Convoy Program Coordinator Dr. Khaled Alamelhoda said: "The medical convoy is planned to perform diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations to correct heart abnormalities in 100 children, to help them to regain their normal lives and bring relief to the parents that their little kids are safe".
He added, "We focus on the critical cases from the poorest families. The cost is too high, and there are few physicians in the country who can perform such procedures".
According to him, the Medical Convoy program is funded exclusively by individual and institutional donors in Qatar. This shows how these donations are key to save the lives of many ill children in underserved countries.
He urged the rich in Qatar to extend help to humanity by supporting this noble program..
Later this month, another medical convoy is set to launch in Jakarta, Indonesia, to treat 35 poor children born with heart problems. The $105,591 mission will be coordinated with the Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI).
(Source: QNA, cover photo credit: QRCS)
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