(photo credit: Sheila Shalhevet)
Save A Child’s Heart, a Holon-based NGO that strives to save children with heart
conditions in developing countries, has been recommended for special
consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council
The organization, SACH, brings children to Holon’s Wolfson
Medical Center for heart transplants and other lifesaving operations, and trains
doctors in Israel and around the world to provide improved pediatric cardiac
We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the UN,” said
Simon Fisher, the organization’s executive director. “We hope this status will
open doors for us so that we can reach more children in need of treatment in the
poorest corners of the world.”
The organization said in a statement that
accreditation to this UN committee will allow them access to subsidiary bodies
at the UN, such as the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Commission on
Population Development and the Commission on the Status of Women.
addition, ECOSOC consultative status also allows for participation in the Human
Rights Council and many of the human rights treaty bodies of the UN, the SACH
“Sustainable development is a core value of Save a
Child’s Heart,” Fisher said. “It is why we not only bring children to Israel for
surgery, but we also bring doctors for training. This is how we are able to
expand our impact exponentially, as the doctors who receive this training return
to their home countries better equipped to treat children.”
trained some 56 physicians and nurses from a host of countries including, China,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria,
the Palestinian Authority, Romania, Russia, Tanzania and Vietnam.
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summer, a group of doctors, supporters and volunteers working with or trained by
the organization will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise
money to save the lives of more than 100 children in desperate need of treatment
Godwin Godfrey, a physician from Tanzania, is one of those
involved in this fundraising effort.
“The training I am receiving from
Save a Child’s Heart, will do nothing less than enable me to go home to Africa
and save children’s lives,” he said.
According to information provided by
the organization, SACH has rescued over 2,600 children worldwide since its
founding in 1995. Its doctors have examined and evaluated more than 6,000
children from 42 countries around the world.
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