We are a non – profit foundation constituted as a Public Charitable Trust. We enable and fund heart surgery for needy children with heart disease. Congenital heart disease (CHD) or birth defects of the heart have a big impact on childhood death and disability, globally. Nearly 300,000 children are born each year in India with CHD, nearly 1/3rd of whom need expensive heart surgery soon after birth. There are just a handful of hospitals across India that have the ability to treat such children. Such heart surgeries are often complex and expensive, and need advanced infrastructure, equipment and expertise. Many families simply cannot afford treatment or find it difficult to access care. Currently, most of the private health insurance schemes do not cover costs of CHD care. AHF facilitates expert care for such needy children at the globally renowned Pediatric Heart Centre of Amrita Hospital, Kochi, with funding support from private and corporate donors.
The Pediatric Cardiac program was founded at Amrita Hospital in 1998, recognising the pressing need for quality care for children with heart disease at an affordable cost. It is perhaps the first and most comprehensive model of a dedicated and cohesive team that is specifically focused on the care of children with heart disease. The program is now recognised as one of the leading pediatric heart programs in India and is a preferred destination for patients from all over India, other countries in South Asia, Middle East and Africa. The program is known for the quality and range of services that are provided at an affordable cost, its training program and its research initiatives. The constituent departments of the pediatric cardiac program include the following : Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care and Anesthesiology. Number of patients already treated : The program is internationally recognised as a Centre of Excellence in pediatric cardiac care, with surgical results at par with the best centres in the world.
Delivering the highest standards of care in a compassionate and patient friendly environment through a committed and well-trained team of healthcare professionals in accordance with the highest ethical values. The features of the program that enable this mission include.