Sanusey, from Gambia, after his life-saving surgery. (Courtesy) (Courtesy)
Save a Child's Heart

An Israeli-based international, non-profit organization that saves lives by improving cardiac care for children from developing countries was awarded the 2018 UN Population Award.  

By: United with Israel Staff

Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli NGO recognized as a world leader in providing life-saving cardiac surgery for children from developing countries, was awarded the 2018 United Nations (UN) Population Award.

Established by the UN General Assembly in 1981, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in population and health.

“NGOs like Save a Child’s Heart not only better the lives of people across the globe, but also serve as humanitarian ambassadors for Israel portraying the true character of our country to the world,” said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

“Nothing makes us prouder than Israelis helping those in need and receiving the recognition they deserve from the international community,” he added.

Established in 1996, Save a Child’s Heart has to date served 4,400 children from 55 countries and trained more than 100 medical team members from these countries.

In 2011, following efforts by the Israeli Mission to the UN, Save a Child’s Heart was awarded consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

By mending hearts, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, or financial status, Save a Child’s Heart contributes to a more peaceful and productive world; a happier, healthier world, and a better world for all children, and their families.

About 50 percent of the children receiving medical care through SACH each year come from the Palestinian Authority (PA), Jordan, Iraq, and Morocco.