New Report Aims to Get Children's Heart Disease on Global Health Agenda


On April 9 in Washington, DC, Children's HeartLink, a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, USA, that trains healthcare workers in low-resource settings to treat children with heart disease released the first in a series of 4 issue briefs called The Invisible Child. The remaining reports will be released over the next 18 months. DCP3 Principal Investigator Dr. Rachel Nugent serves as a member of the Children's HeartLink advisory board.

The first report calls attention to the lack of data on the prevalence and incidence of congenital heart disease. The next two reports will address issues of access to medical care and the need to invest in health care facilities and systems. A final report will call on government leaders, international donors, health care leaders and civil society to place this health issue on health policy and funding agendas worldwide—especially in developing countries. 

You can download a copy of the first issue brief here.