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The Surgeons of Hope Foundation (SoH), is a New York City, NY based nonprofit established in 2002. Our organization aims to provide every infant and child with a damaged heart an equal opportunity to receive life-saving surgery. Due to the complexity of pediatric heart disease, successful treatment depends on advanced medical facilities and highly-trained medical professionals. These are rarely available in developing countries due to a lack of resources. Surgeons of Hope has developed a sustainable strategy to provide care to children in need of heart surgery. We approach the need on three key fronts by giving urgently needed care, cultivating skills in local medical teams, and constructing centers of care in developing countries.
Surgeons of Hope began its mission with pilot programs in countries like Cambodia, Mozambique, Senegal, and Afghanistan. In 2008, our team decided to focus our efforts in the Central American region. Surgeons of Hope established a program in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Since 2008, we have constructed an advanced cardiac center, provided training to local medical teams, and treated almost 500 children in Nicaragua.
In order to immediately help children with heart defects, Surgeons of Hope organizes and deploys volunteer medical teams, originating from a number of international and national academic hospitals. Each medical mission is designed to meet the goals and needs of partner communities. These missions work to achieve three main goals:
- On-site Training: Visiting cardiac specialists provide training in the form of hands-on experience and lectures for local and regional medical professionals
- Off-site Training: Surgeons of Hope organizes and sponsors trainings for physicians and nurses at cardiac facilities within Latin America.
- Telemedicine: As a low-cost adjunct to on-site training, telemedicine enables the Surgeons of Hope team to provide long-distance patient management and medical education. Telemedicine also facilitates communication among affiliated clinics within the region.
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