Heart 2 Heart, Sakib Kazi, Medical Student, Ottawa University
Heart 2 Heart: International Healthcare Relief (H2H) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising money to improve access to high quality healthcare globally for those who lack the financial means required in developing countries. It was created by a group of medical students at the University of Ottawa and now has branches operating at undergraduate university levels in Ottawa and Toronto.
H2H is a unique philanthropic organization in that we are run entirely by volunteers (including pro bono legal and accounting services). As such, we ensure that we can send all our donations to our community partners (except money donated to fund the organizations operational costs). We keep our administrative costs to an absolute minimum, only spending money to hold fundraisers, maintain a bank account and receive donations.
In many parts of the world, almost no money is allocated to specialized referral centers. In Bangladesh, pediatric palliative care centers treating severely ill children lack food, safe drinking water, and necessary medications. In India, many patients must make large out-of-pocket payments for their healthcare; more than 33% of patients admitted to hospitals are forced below the poverty line because of medical expenses.
We work primarily with partner organizations in developing countries, where healthcare disparities are largest. Our partners include: Pediatric Palliative Care Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Dharmsinh Desai Memorial Methodist (DDMM) Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery in Nadiad, Gujarat, India; and Mahavir International in Delhi, India. The Pediatric Palliative Care Program in Bangladesh seeks to provide medical and psychosocial support to seriously ill children whose families cannot afford to pay for treatment. Donations support teams of trained physicians, nurses and community health workers to cover child inpatient rehabilitation programs, speech and physiotherapy, and the training of parents to care for children with complex needs. We are excited to announce that in the past year since starting operations we have run fundraising campaigns and raised more than $1500 to support these programs!
As members of the community who understand the importance of supporting the needs of those less fortunate in Bangladesh and around the world, we hope our cause and efforts resonate with you. We have deep respect for the tremendous work that CBET has been doing for several years in providing scholarships to financially challenged students in Bangladesh and Ottawa, and are humbled by their kind reception of H2H. Your commitment as a community to organizations such as H2H and CBET is an inspiring testament to your desire to help others.
If you ever consider donating to Heart2Heart, you can do so by following the instructions on this form. https://forms.gle/eD3aEUmKN5uex8128. You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
H2H – Director of Donor Relations