A Child Heart Screening Initiative

To assist with the “Gift of Life” initiative, the Foundation launched a new project entitled “Heart­Beat”, in association with the Fiji Ministry of Health. This is a national heart screening initiative for the children of Fiji to identify any potential heart conditions and ensure that they are given the deserving treatment.

To launch the project, Dr. Maryanne Kora’ai and her team travelled with the Foundation’s team to the Rural villages of Fiji as part of the “Health on Wheels” initiative. 40 children were given “Echo Screening” and 4 cases were identified with potential heart disease – 3 rheumatic and 1 congenital. These children were referred for further testing at CWM Hospital in the Capital City.

Cases identified will be scheduled for screening & potential surgeries with the Gift of Life team’s visit to Fiji. Children with more complex problems will be referred to the specialist Car­diac Team from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in India.