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Mission Bambini: 80 children saved from life-threatening heart conditions in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Italy-based Mission Bambini is an independent, non-profit charitable foundation, which aims to help children in need, and to give them the opportunity and hope of a better life. Since 2016, the Emirates Airline Foundation has donated more than 80 round trip flight tickets for their medical team members travelling on seven different paediatric cardiac surgery camps in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Since the year 2000, Mission Bambini has helped more than 1,400,000 children through 1,500 projects in 73 countries around the world. One of their pre-eminent programmes is the Children’s Heart programme, which they launched in 2006. Over 2,000 children affected by severe heart diseases have received life-saving surgery in 12 developing countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.

The programme’s goals are not only to save children with severe heart defects in developing countries, but also to enable local hospitals to be autonomous, through capacity building and training.

On each mission, the team carries out surgery camps in local hospitals to perform paediatric cardiac surgery. The goal is to diagnose and operate on the maximum number of paediatric patients, particularly the most complex and urgent cases.

In Zambia, more than 70 children affected by congenital heart diseases have been successfully operated on and saved, with over 170 children screened for a first diagnosis.

Last year, the team carried out their first medical camp in Zimbabwe, screening 20 children for a first diagnosis, and operating on eight children.

“Thanks to the valuable support of the Emirates Airline Foundation and the generosity of Emirates customers, in the last two years, Mission Bambini has been able to operate on and save 80 children affected by heart diseases in Zimbabwe and Zambia,” said Giulia Albano, International Programs Desk Officer at Mission Bambini. “This is a tremendous achievement, and we look forward to continuing the work of the Children’s Heart programme together with your support.”

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