District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

Heartening Hope: Rotary International's Initiative for Pediatric Cardiac Care in Maharashtra, India Hosted by RCP Sarasbaug Back

The literature review indicates a pressing need for pediatric cardiac care, with approximately 95% of infants needing cardiac surgery not receiving it due to financial constraints (Kothari, 2019). In response, the Rotary Club of Pune Sarasbaug, Pune, India, the Rotary Club of Pune Royal under Rotary District 3131, and the Fort Collins After Works Rotary Club from the USA collaborated to provide cardiac surgeries for socioeconomically disadvantaged children aged 0-18 from slum areas in Maharashtra and neighboring states. Dr. Santosh Joshi from Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital successfully completed a total of 41 surgeries as part of the project.

We extend our gratitude to all partner clubs, particularly Dr. Dhanjay Kelkar, Director of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune and the Cardiac Department team led by Dr. Sathe. Special thanks to the office staff of DMH, especially Rakhee Yende, for meticulous record-keeping. This project, under Rotary International, has not only saved lives but also provided hope and relief to families coping with the emotional and financial stress of caring for children with congenital heart defects. By investing in these children's health and well-being, the project is contributing to a healthier future generation for the country.

This initiative exemplifies how grassroots organizations, medical professionals and community stakeholders can unite to address critical healthcare needs and make a meaningful impact on vulnerable populations.