Since its inception, Heartbeat has been the equivalent Lebanese branch of the international association CDE. Heartbeat and CDE (based in Paris) established programs to support the treatment of 120 Iraki and 50 Syrian refugee children with congenital heart disease. All interventions took place at HDF hospital in Beirut
As one of the most respected and generous Kuwaity foundations in Lebanon, Al-Othman Charitable Foundation started in 2020 a partnership program with Heartbeat to treat annually 30 children with congenital heart disease (both atrial and ventricular septal defects).
The Lebanese government provides healthcare for the needy, and help cover the majority of patients' hospital bills. For deprived families, Heartbeat helps to cover all remaining expenses, as well as outpatient bills and follow-up costs ensuring that no child with heart disease is left untreated due to a lack of funds.
Since 2012, following the devastating war in Syria, Heartbeat has witnessed an increased number of Syrian refugee children being referred for treatment. A partnership has been established with UNHCR to treat these children, saving, to date, the lives of more than 350 children born with heart disease.
Heartbeat and the Swiss-based foundation Let It Beat have been working together since 2015, in a program that provides for the treatment of 12 children every year, with the coordination of Professor Beghetti, head of pediatric cardiology of the Cantonal Hospital of Geneva.
The RCBC has initiated a program for the treatment of 10 children suffering from heart disease. It has also donated two state-of-the-art pediatric and neonatal ventilators, among other medical equipment, intended to bolster the resources of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the ‘Centre du Coeur de l'Enfant'.
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