SEVA Heart Foundation is driven by the passion to serve others. The journey is fueled by the happiness of those whose hearts have been touched. We strive to meet our goals and priorities with leadership, vision, and unified commitment.
SEVA Heart Foundation provides artificial heart valves sourced locally to those who cannot afford open heart surgery. There is an unmet need for heart valve surgery in countries like Africa and India where rheumatic heart disease continues to be a major health crisis. Thus far, SEVA Heart Foundation donated 93 heart valves in 2018, 94 heart valves in 2019, 95 heart valves in 2020, and we have committed to donate 96 heart valves in 2021. This was possible only with the support of enthusiastic donors who contributed generously. SEVA Heart Foundation is committed to providing heart valves as an ongoing selfless service activity to ensure better access to heart healthcare for all.
Global Medical Outreach
Through outreach medical clinics, SEVA Heart Foundation brings cardiac care to remote areas in need, teaching local physicians in providing direct patient services to “at risk communities.” Physicians, local centers, and volunteers run follow-up clinics to ensure good postoperative care. SEVA Heart Foundation provides life saving medications and lab testing devices (International Normalized Ratio – INR) for crucial monitoring of blood thinning medications and dosage adjustments. INR kits were given to the outreach clinics where regular blood testing is done to enable and monitor patients well being. These focused efforts led to a tangible difference in improved patient outcomes.
Medical Equipment for Mobile Medical Vans
SEVA Heart Foundation is instrumental in equipping mobile medical vans with necessary medical devices in remote areas. These mobile vehicles contain many features to help patients beginning with a triage of vital signs, medical history, and reconciliation of medicines. In addition, the vehicles contain diagnostic devices such as EKG machines for patient evaluation and Auto-Analyzers for performing routine blood tests such as electrolytes, kidney function, blood glucose levels, cholesterol profile, and much more. SEVA Heart Foundation is deeply involved in providing additional medical supplies to support and deliver medical care at the patients doorstep.
SEVA Heart Foundation helps conduct medical and dental camps for patients including children and adults in remote areas with poor access to medical care. During these camps, patients are given physical examinations, diagnostic studies, health education pertaining to nutrition, heart healthy lifestyle, mental health counseling, emotional support, and self hygiene. These experiences are heart warming and gratifying to all volunteers and participants involved in these camps. SEVA Heart Foundation will continue to support these outreach efforts where there is no access to healthcare.
COVID-19 Relief Efforts
SEVA Heart Foundation is supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in India by providing essential medical equipment and supplies so that immediate care is provided for patients in need. The current situation is dire with an extremely high number of COVID cases that are exponentially growing. The healthcare system in rural India is fragmentary with poor access and substandard care even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic broke, these challenges intensified and additional strain was imposed on the healthcare system. SEVA Heart Foundation has identified a charity hospital, the KM Hospital, in the remote tribal area of Andhra Pradesh, catering to underserved populations from remote villages. The KM Hospital has a bed strength of 100 and at a given time, more than half of the beds are occupied by Covid patients with pneumonia, requiring oxygenation and ventilator support. Since the beginning of the pandemic, outpatient services have been rendered to 3,000 patients and in-patient services have been rendered to almost 1,500 patients. SEVA Heart Foundation has donated the following medical devices:
-Maquet Servo Ventilator (German/USA Collaboration) – 1
-External Ventilators with CPAP capability – 14
-Oxygen Cylinders “D” Type – 50
-Oxygen Concentrators – 5
With the third COVID wave in progress, there is a growing and unmet need for an oxygen generator plant, ventilators, and oxygen concentrators. SEVA Heart Foundation is closely following the status and assessing the need for additional help.
Post-Operative Heart Valve Patient Care
SEVA Heart Foundation is collaborating with the Sai Rehabilitation Project (SRP) through the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, Odisha. The project is intended to provide post-operative cardiac care and rehabilitation services for patients following heart valve surgery, performed at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS). Through the SRP project, 450 volunteers are trained to render post-op follow-up care on cardiac medications, nutrition, and rehabilitation. SRP clinics are conducted periodically to provide PT/INR lab work to guide optimal therapy with blood thinners. PT/INR testing is critical for monitoring the dosage of blood thinners to prevent clotting of the artificial mechanical heart valves, which would otherwise lead to severely adverse events. SEVA Heart Foundation helped provide INR monitoring devices, testing strips, and other infrastructure needed to conduct INR monitoring. SRP Clinics resumed checkups following Covid guidelines and provided health services to many patients, in addition to rendering post-op care and visiting patients door-to-door in their villages.
Cardiac Medical Research
SEVA Heart Foundation sponsored a research project entitled “PRATYAGAM,” completed by researchers in the Chemistry Department of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL). This project was intended to take a “step forward” towards gaining a better understanding of various preventive strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality risks for heart attack victims by implementing a holistic approach for societal benefit.