The Heart of the Matter Project provides cardiac care to Palestinian children and outreach training to physicians from the Palestinian Authority (PA). Nearly half of all children treated by SACH come from the PA, with over 1,500 Palestinian children having undergone open-heart surgery since SACH’s founding.

The Heart of the Matter project is co-sponsored by the European Union’s Partnership for Peace program and USAID West Bank and Gaza. SACH also receives significant support from the Israeli Ministry for Regional Cooperation spearheaded by former Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom and The Palestinian Ministry of Health (PMOH). The project aims to improve relations among Israelis and Palestinians by providing increased encounters between the two populations through joint activities, and by working together towards improving pediatric care in the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The program holistically addresses the limited access to pediatric cardiac care in the region through grassroots activities.

Since the beginning of the project, SACH has...

...Examined over 6,000 Palestinian children at its weekly cardiology clinic organized at the Wolfson Medical Center

...Provided pediatric cardiac treatment to over 1,500 Palestinian children at the
Wolfson Medical Center

...Provided in-depth post-graduate training in pediatric cardiac care for 18 Palestinian
physicians and 6 Palestinian nurses

...Coordinated joint medical activities between physicians from the PA, Israel, and the
international medical community. These activities include seminars by the Israeli Society of Pediatric Cardiologists, Israeli Society of Pediatric Critical Care, and Israeli Society of Clinical Pediatrics and of Congenital and Adult Cardiac Surgery

SACH is also in the process of conducting a survey examining the influence the Heart of the Matter program has on building mutual trust and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. The survey takes into account all children treated under Heart of the Matter for the past 15 years and includes face to face interviews with the Palestinian patients and their families.

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