Taarifa Rwanda

Israeli-based Charity To Treat 70 Rwandan Children With Heart Diseases

At least seventy children have undergone a cardiac screening this Friday July 20th 2018 at the Kigali University Teaching Hospital – CHUK, in a special partnership for the first time with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli-based international non-profit organization.  

The Save a Child’s Heart team led by their President, Vice President Business Development and five volunteer doctors, is set to screen 70 children of which about 20 of them will be referred to Israel for heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center. 

Save a Child’s Heart will share the costs with the government, which includes transport, medical fees and stay in Israel.


Simon Fisher, the Executive Director of the Foundation told Taarifa that it costs $15,000 per patient. 

Beyond screening and treating the children, Save a Child’s Heart has a project to build a cardiac ward in Rwanda, which will serve as a regional center.

“We are a responsible company that has the duty to give back to the community from what we earn from business,” Said Mr. Haim Taib, the President of Save Child’s Childs Heart, also Founder and President of Mitrelli Group, an Israeli billion dollar company.  

“After this mission, the idea is to equip the cardiology ward with machines and other equipment for heart diseases treatment and deploy one permanent cardiologist so that the ward can function at 50% and can sustain itself,” said Taib.

The Health Minister said Rwanda that the facility will definitely boost the country’s efforts.

Currently Rwanda spends over Rwf500m on referrals abroad for cardica treatment particularly surgeries.

Save Child’s Heart will also train two Rwandan General Practitioners in Israel, for a period of two years and then come back to work in CHUK and train their local colleagues in Rwanda.

“This relationship is an added value to efforts the Government of Rwanda to achieve SDGs,” said Dr. Diane Gashumba, Rwanda Ministry of Health while thanking the SACH team.

The Minister also thanked the leadership of CHUK for their positive developments.

“As Minister for health, I assure you of my support and I hope you will benefit a lot from this very exciting project,” she said. 

Save a Child’s Heart was founded in 1995 in Israel, with the mission of improving the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries and creating centres of competence in these countries.

Since 1995, SACH has treated about 5,000 children from 57 countries and trained more than 120 doctors, nurses, and technicians from those countries.

From left to right. Dr. Akiva Tamir, Head of Pediatric Cardiology at Wolfson Medical Center, Head Nurse, Nava Gershon, Pediatric Surgery, Wolfson Medical Center, and Dr Hagi Dekel, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Wolfson Medical Center.
Moment of triumph as both teams from the foundation and government of Rwanda celebrate the partnership

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