Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is one of the most life-threatening diseases affecting the young of the world.
CHD accounts for nearly one-third of all major congenital anomalies, representing a major Global Health Problem.
Globally, an estimated 1.3 million children, nearly one out of every 100, are born with a congenital heart condition every year. Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Center for Child Heart Care & Research aims to address in part this global burden.
In Nigeria, over 37,145 children are estimated to be born with CHD every year. The majority of these die silently without ever being diagnosed or receiving the necessary care. Provision of paediatric cardiac services and uneven distribution of such services in the most populous sub-Saharan African country presents a huge challenge.
Currently, most of the surgical pediatric cardiac needs of Nigerian children are being met outside the country, with only a small number of affected children receiving their interventions in the country during periodic medical missions undertaken by specialists from within and outside Nigeria.
The use of periodic medical missions to accomplish intervention in a few selected cases, while marginally reducing the burden of children with uncorrected cardiac abnormalities, will only serve a short-term mediation of the problem.