About Us – En

We exclusively improve the medical care of children with congenital or acquired heart disease, in addition to those with vascular pathologies, in Bolivia.

Herzverein

The Herzverein e.V. is registered with the county court of Bonn and is acknowledged by the tax authorities of St. Augustin as directly tax-deductable in respect to § 51 ff. of the German fiscal code.

The purpose of the association is exclusively the improvement of the medical care of children with congenital or acquired heart disease, in addition to those with vascular pathologies, in Bolivia.

Since the foundation of the Herzverein, an ever-growing number of lives has been saved, usually through a single intervention. Our donators are mainly of German, Austrian or Swiss origin. Many of them have been supporting us regularly since the Children’s Heart Association has been established.

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Background

Bolivia lies in the heart of South America and is about three times the size of Germany; only ten million people live in Bolivia, known as the poorest country of South America. Due to the altitude of a vast area of the country, the risk of suffering of a congenital heart disease at birth is double as high as in Europe.

Every year 2.500 to 3.000 children succumb to this fate. In addition, large numbers of children and adolescents suffer from acquired heart disease, which are caused by poverty-related diseases, such as rheumatic fever or Chagas disease. There is no state insurance which will cover the costs of diagnosis, treatment and the aftercare of heart diseases. The families are required to cover all costs incurred themselves – at a monthly minimum wage of 90 €.If a minimally invasive or even a surgical intervention is necessary, these families become overwhelmed financially and cannot rescue their children.

Work and Goals

To counter this reality, we brought the Herzverein e.V. to life in 2007. Our work is exclusively committed to the goal of enabling children with cardiac pathologies to receive lifesaving treatment or operations.

We are convinced that all children with cardiac and vascular diseases should be entitled to high quality diagnostic medicine and treatment. As a result of this, we are trying to raise awareness of their insufficient medical care and to raise donations towards their cardiac treatment.

Our pediatric cardiologist and our pediatrician, with the support of our social worker, are responsible for the addition of the patient into our records, achieving the correct diagnosis, determining the optimal, personalized treatment for each patient, as well as ensuring medical care pre- and post-operatively. To achieve this, we work closely with local partners.

Committee

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Susana Castellanos

Chairwoman

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Dr. Alexandra Heath-Freudenthal

Paediatric Cardiologist, Deputy Chairwoman

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Dr. Peter Schütterle

Deputy Chairman

Paediatrician Dr.Inge von Alvensleben

Secretary

Andreas Motschmann

Treasurer

Partners

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Fundación CardioInfantil

The FUNDACIÓN CARDIOINFANTIL LA PAZ (FCI), motivated to procure donations to ensure medical treatment of children and teenagers with cardiac pathologies, similarly to ours.

Since the foundation of the Herzverein, an ever-growing number of lives has been saved, usually through a single intervention. Our donators are mainly of German, Austrian or Swiss origin. Many of them have been supporting us regularly since the Children’s Heart Association has been established.

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KARDIOZENTRUM

The KARDIOZENTRUM in La Paz, a modernly equipped center for diagnosis, parent counselling, aftercare and minimally invasive cardiac catheterizations.

Their team of consultants, most of which completed their medical studies in Germany, are committed to the care and treatment of children with cardiac pathologies. Once or twice annually, the consultants at the Kardiozentrum drive through the rural provinces of Bolivia with their medical equipment, in order to examine children suspected of suffering of an underlying cardiac pathology locally. In the process, they collaborate with local hospitals or other partners and thus continually strengthen the supportive networks of the country.

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Bolivian Belgian Clinic

The BOLIVIAN-BELGIAN CLINIC (Centro Médico Quirúrgico Boliviano Belga in the city of Cochabamba), is a private clinic on the lower eastern slope of the Andes. Here, the only two pediatric surgeons in the country perform surgical procedures on newborns with European standard and very good results  .

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