HTC Partners with the Children's Heart Fund of Ethiopia for the construction of a Cardiac Hospital in Addis Ababa.


CHFEThe Children's Heart Fund of Ethiopia Cardiac Hospital: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: We are proud to join the National Organization in support of the CHFE, partnering with them to build the only Cardiac Center of its kind in the Horn of Africa.
CHFE started humbly, helping children in a converted cargo container in Ethiopia's capital, but with ambitious goals. Founder and chairman, Dr. Belay Abegaz, explained, “The only thing that stands between 24 million children and endemic heart disease risk is a small group working out of a storage container in Addis Ababa.”

Five years ago he invited Healing the children to partner with him in this effort. For the hospital to launch successfully, four important elements needed to come together: The building must be finished, the equipment must in place and running flawlessly, staff must be trained and ready, and financial sustainability must be ensured through a fund generating program.
cure1cure2HTC became actively involved in this work, identifying equipment donors, partnering with Project C.U.R.E., who sent an amazing five cargo containers loaded with medical supplies and equipment, including two Cardiac Cath Labs generously donated by Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado, two Lancer Medical Services sterilizing machines, infant warmers and incubators, and other medical supplies and equipment from dozens of kind and generous companies around the US.

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, FRS, Founder & President of Chain of Hope of the United Kingdom, generously provided the ORs, established the program for advanced cardiac training for physicians, and presented the plans for a state-of-the-art Cardiac Research Centre, all of which will help make the cardiac hospital a true Center of Excellence.

ch-of-hopeIn February 2009, HTC Arizona was proud to be at the inaugural ceremonies of Ethiopia's only cardiac hospital. We were also delighted to have several cardiac teams from Arizona led by Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Michael Teodori, work with teams from the UK and anesthesiologists from the UK and Italy, working on the first heart patients, beautiful Ethiopian children.