Staff at Alder Hey have been using their skills to help children in developing countries, who may not otherwise have access to free health care, for more than 20 years.
Healing Little Hearts
In November 2018, we launched our International Child Health (ICH) Department, which aims to bring together the existing humanitarian work of staff and coordinate their efforts to lead the way in global paediatric health care.
The department is the first of its kind in a paediatric hospital in the UK, coordinating the humanitarian and other international work of all members of staff enabling them to develop their skills in a new environment. It will help with grants and visa applications as well as providing information and support.
Cardiac surgeon Ram Dhannapuneni has been leading teams at camps across India and Africa with Healing Little Hearts Charity, performing successful surgery on children, which were previously believed to have inoperable conditions.
The humanitarian work also links in with the Alder Hey Academy, based at the Institute in the Park, which has academic partnerships with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, UCLan and Edge Hill.
Our work with Children's HeartLink
"We believe every child deserves a healthy heart"
The Children’s HeartLink-sponsor medical volunteer teams led by Mr.Rafael Guerrero- Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon and Dr.Joyce Lim- Paediatric Cardiologist.
The goals of the visit were to enhance and expand Children’s HeartLink understanding of the quality and organisation of paediatric cardiac services available at QWCH, provide specialised training and education in the diagnosis, treatment and management of congenital heart disease to local program staff, promote the development of a multidisciplinary paediatric cardiac team of specialists in Congenital Heart Disease and promote the paediatric cardiac program at QWCH and its services to the regional medical community.
Children’s HeartLink’s first full team cardiac training visit to Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital (QWCH).
“To ensure Every baby or child has the chance of living by providing access to vital Heart Surgery”
Healing Little Hearts Global Foundation is a registered charity, set up to send specialist medical teams to perform free lifesaving heart operations on babies and children in the developing parts of the world.
Alder Hey’s Mr Ram Dhannapuneni is an ambassador for this charity and regularly visits places such as India, Africa and Malaysia, performing lifesaving surgery with a group of Alder Hey Cardiac Specialists.
Parents of Children with Congenital Heart Disease at Alder Hey Hospital are saving the lives other children in the developing world with their heart warming, consistent fund raising challenges, 3 Peaks, Glow Walks and Stars & stripes Ball.