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Nurse Educator Dr. Sandy Staveski Receives 2020 Founders Award

The 2020 Children’s HeartLink Founders Award goes to Sandy Staveski PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She will be honored at our virtual gala on October 23rd. Dr. Staveski has been a Children’s HeartLink medical volunteer for over 15 years. This annual award was established in 2019 in honor of … Continued

Medtronic Foundation Supports Development of Our Remote Training Plan

The Medtronic Foundation is supporting the development of the Children’s HeartLink remote training plan through its Virtual Global Innovation Fellows Program. The six-person team from Medtronic is comprised of senior managers skilled in quality improvement, global training and education, global leadership development, clinical research, and engineering. In consultation with Children’s HeartLink staff, partners, volunteers and stakeholders, they … Continued

The Invisible Child Call to Action in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, we call on governments, donors and medical professionals to assure the pandemic response does not have a negative effect on families and children with heart disease, and to prioritize the investment in robust, responsive health systems that can serve their needs. Children with heart disease and their families, especially the poorest among us, are … Continued

Children’s HeartLink on the Podcast “Heart to Heart with Anna”

Bistra Zheleva, Vice President of Global Strategy and Advocacy at Children’s HeartLink, was featured on the podcast “Heart to Heart with Anna,” a program devoted to the congenital heart defect (CHD) community. Bistra leads our advocacy strategy for children with CHD in low-resource countries and our global thought leadership strategy with governments and international development institutions.  … Continued

The Children You Help: Thanvika from India

Thanvika, 6 months after heart surgery. January 2020. Photos by Scott Streble   When Thanvika was born last summer, her parents had no idea that she had a heart defect. It was discovered a day after her birth when she had trouble breathing. Luckily, she was referred to our partner hospital in Coimbatore, where she … Continued

Training Our Global Partners During the Pandemic

Photo by Scott Streble   Children’s HeartLink stepped up remote engagement and training to ensure that our global partners get the support they need during this challenging time. They are determined to continue making progress and to improve the care they provide their young heart patients. Thanks to your support, in the last 6 months: … Continued

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Our Global Partners

We asked our global hospital partners about the effect of the pandemic on their work. Brazil and India are now among the COVID-19 epicenters, and hospitals there struggle with the challenges faced by many countries. Our partners in Malaysia and Vietnam resumed their pre-pandemic procedures after transmission of the virus slowed down. Hospitals in China … Continued

Call for Nominations for the 2020 Children’s HeartLink Founders Award

Dr. Joe Kiser with a young patient in the 1970s   Children’s HeartLink will be presenting its second annual Founders Award in honor of Dr. Joe Kiser at the Children’s HeartLink Virtual Gala on October 23, 2020. The submission deadline is September 1, 2020.  Read the award nomination form and consider nominating someone who demonstrates extraordinary … Continued