Lions club of Dar es salaam HOST heart project convenor Lion Dr. Rajni Kanabar and co-convenor Lion Shiraz Rashid with the help of Regency Medical Centre launched a drive towards a mega heart screening project that commenced on 11th August to 12th August 2014 in Dar at Regency Medical Centre and on 13th and 14th in Zanzibar at Mmnazi Mmoja Hospital with the help and assistance of Paediatric heart surgeon Dr. Ashutosh Marwahh from Escorts heart institute - New Delhi, India.
Out of the screening, a total of 100 babies will be sent as one large group together with escorts with Emirates for heart treatments and surgeries to 3 hospitals in India namely:
- Escorts heart Institute - Delhi,
- Narayana Hrudhalayana - Bengalore,
- CIMS Hospital - Ahmedabad.
- Lions club of Dar es salaam HOST,
- Regency Medical Centre,
- Rodney Mutie Mengi Foundation,
- Wama Foundation of Tanzania's First Lady,
- University of British Colombia - Canada and
- Aforementioned Indian Hospitals.
The students of The University of British Colombia under the stewardship of Miss Malaika Kapoor scaled Mount Everest to raise funds for the heart babies and realised a total sum of US Dollars $ 25,000 that has been donated towards surgeries of 10 babies.
Second donation of another USD $ 25,000 comes from Dr. Kiran and Dr. Palavi Patel of Global Understanding Foundation, Florida USA that caters for another 10 surgeries.
We are still celebrating Tanzania's Union of 50 years with Zanzibar thus selecting 50 children from Zanzibar and 50 from Tanzania mainland.
On 9th August, we sent one child namely Giovani Saine who is 1 year and 4 months old for open heart surgery to India.
Governor it is our hope that this information and news with a plea will attract attention of 1.4 million Lions around the globe towards this huge humanitarian task undertaken by Lions Club of Dar es salaam HOST with its key members.
Lion Yusuf Dalal
Dist. Chairman Open heart surgery and heart awareness.