Save a Child’s Heart, an international non-profit organization based in Israel, has sent a delegation of doctors to the port city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzaniato perform surgeries and save lives of local children.

Since 1995, the organization’s doctors have performed nearly 5,000 surgeries on children with heart problems in more than 50 nations around the world, mainly in developing countries. The slogan on the organization’s website says: “We repair hearts, regardless of religion, gender or nationality.”

SACH has moved children from Syria, the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Rwanda to Israel to be treated at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, south of Tel Aviv. It has also trained doctors and nurses from many of these countries in pediatric cardiology.

Dr. Sagi Assa from SACH examines a child in Tanzania (Photo Doron Kuperstein)

This week, the Israeli pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Sagi Assa, will perform surgeries on 25 Tanzanian children born with heart defects.

In some cases, these defects can put patients in immediate danger, while in others, if not treated properly could die before the age of twenty.

All catheterizations are done in collaboration with a local team of doctors who take the opportunity to learn and experience advanced techniques in this field.”Our mission is not to do the work and go, but to train local doctors to carry out these procedures successfully and to be able to operate thousands of children who need treatment,” says Dr. Assa.