The “Give a Life” program was established by Dr. Reinaldo Cabrera P. (R.I.P.), to treat Colombian children with cardiovascular deseases. The program aims to provide unprivileged children with life-threatening heart defects access to high quality medical care and a chance to lead a healthy, normal life, free of charge.
Congenital heart diseases are the second cause of mortality in children under the age of one. Up to 13% of Latin American children are affected by some form of cardiovascular disease. Of these, 30% live in underserved areas with limited access to care. Consequently, 50%More than 50% do not survive beyond childhood.
To reach more children throughout Colombia, the Fundación Cardioinfantil works jointly with regional partners and institutions to coordinate the logistics in order to carry out the brigades for the cardiovascular diagnosis’s campaigns.
Many regions of Colombia lack hospitals or clinics that can diagnose and provide comprehensive treatment for children with heart problems. The “Give a Life” program aims to tackle this issue by funding a multidisciplinary FCI team comprised of pediatric doctors, cardiologists, nurses, social workers and other relevant professionals to lead health brigades in these areas.
Every year, this exceptional team of medical professionals’ travels throughout the country on 14 distinct brigades to diagnose children in underserved areas. So far, through the generous support of our donors, these brigades diagnose approximately 3,400 children with heart diseases every year. Once identified, free transportation and accommodation in Bogota are provided to these children and their families in order to receive the necessary treatment at FCI