Relief Program for Cardiac Children Launched in Heilongjiang Province

March 16, 2015
By Wang Dongliang and Xu JiaEditor: Kathy Cao

Launch ceremony of relief program for cardiac children held in the Children’s Hospital in Harbin [China News/Wang Dongliang]

A relief program for children suffering from cardiac illness was launched in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on March 12. The initiative is sponsored by the China Youth Development Foundation and the NU SKIN Greater China Children Heart Fund.

After the launch ceremony held in Harbin Children's Hospital, more than 50 children received a free diagnosis.

According to the China Youth Development Foundation, over 2 million children have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD), accounting for 0.8% of all newborns. In Heilongjiang Province, the number of children with CHD has increased by 4,000 a year, one fifth of which have very complex situations. Most cases happen in rural areas, where the impoverished families could not afford such high medical expenses and give up treatment.

The relief program will aid cardiac children by connecting social donations, national support and cooperative hospitals to provide special help and cost deduction, relieving those families with ill children from heavy expenses.

After the first the relief program for children in Heilongjiang Province, it aims to resolve financial difficulties and treatment dilemmas for more families and children.

A child receives free diagnosis. [China News/Wang Dongliang]

(Source: China News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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