A human heart comes to life with its first beat in the foetal embryo inside a mother’s womb. From then on, the intricate balance of blood flowing through its chambers in concert with the opening and closing of the valves with every beat, reminds one of the greatest opportunities of ‘Life.’

However, for a few, the heart does not develop normally while in the mother’s womb, and thus affects the very start to a new life. Congenital heart disease, the abnormal development of the heart, is the most frequently diagnosed congenital disorders afflicting approximately 1.2% of live births and resulting over 2,50,000 deaths annually worldwide.

World-wide Scenario

Paediatric Cardiac Care Centres Vs Individuals Paediatric Cardiac Surgeons Vs Individuals
North America 1:120,000 1:3.5 million
Asia 1:16 million 1:25 million
Africa 1:33 million

Scenario in India

  • In India 9 in 1000 children are born with CHD. 150,000 to 200,000 children are born with CHD every year
  • Out of these, 50,000 children need early intervention to survive the first year of their life
  • Less than 5% babies born with critical CHD, undergo surgery or any other form of life-saving intervention in India
  • The paediatric cardiac care centres currently available in India are in the private sector, which may not be affordable for majority of the Indian population
  • It is estimated that the cost of basic open heart CHD surgeries alone is around $ 4000 –6000 USD (INR 2.5 Lakhs to INR 4.5 Lakhs and this would be much more based on increasing complexity of the CHD) across most private hospitals in India. While a lot of families cannot afford this, it pushes many families into worse financial debt.
  • Geographical distribution of paediatric cardiac care centres in India is very uneven.
  • The centres that have been established over the last 15 years are in the southern states of India.
  • In recent years, the rate of hospital deliveries has significantly increased to over 70%. Pre-discharge screening of newborns by pulse oximetry is very infrequently practised, especially in rural and semi-urban centres. These newborns with critical heart disease (ductus-dependant CHD) often go home undiagnosed. Antenatal diagnosis of CHD is very low
  • Total investment on the healthcare by the government is 1.4% of the gross domestic product and is one of the lowest when compared with other countries, including many developing nations
  • India has only 300 paediatric cardiologists for a population of 1.39 billion with a ratio of one per 4,500,000 population. The comparison is even more dismal for paediatric cardiac surgeons. There are very few personnel qualified as paediatric cardiac intensivists, and there is no system to train them
  • The total number of fellows trained (Doctorate in Medicine and Diplomate of National Board) is around 35 per year only

A step towards helping little hearts survive

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Chain of Child Heart Care Hospitals addresses the national issue of congenital heart disease to ensure quality healthcare is made available to all, including the underprivileged. Sri Sathya Sai Health & Education Trust established the completely free of cost Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care, starting with its first centre in Nava Raipur in the year 2012. Currently in India, there are three of centres at Nava Raipur – Chhattisgarh, Palwal – Haryana and Navi Mumbai – Maharashtra. These are India’s largest dedicated single specialty hospitals providing world class quality paediatric cardiac services for children from both within and out of the country.

The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Ecosystem aims to address the burden of congenital heart diseases through a comprehensive five-pronged approach by focussing on Early Diagnosis, Cure,Nutrition, Training, and Research.

Over the last 10 years, through their diverse and holistic approach, the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres have significantly contributed significantly to resolving social issues to contribute to a more inclusive, harmonious, and prosperous world. The key drivers – Excellence, Compassion, Collaboration, and Societal Impact have steered the focus towards actively contributing for the national vision of ‘Healthy Motherhood, Healthy Childhood.’

Services Rendered Completely Free-of-Cost, as of Sep 2022

Paediatric Cardiac Surgeries Cath Interventions Paediatric Cardiac Outpatients Outreach Screenings
16,000+ 6,000+ 182,000+ 200,000+

Key Characteristics of Sanjeevani

  • Geographical location of Sanjeevani centres is strategically positioned so that it caters to the majority of needy population in the central, eastern, western and northern parts of India
  • Coverage of beneficiaries includes all states of India and 14 developing countries
  • Completely free of cost quality healthcare specialising in paediatric cardiac care removes all commercial strain on families. ‘Healthcare is a fundamental right and not a privilege’
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) ratio for the services provided by Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care is 16.2, meaning that ‘every rupee invested on a child’ generates a ‘social value worth 16.2 times more’, thus reiterating that the efforts to improve child health is not an expense but an Investment!
  • Comprehensive services comprising of pre-operative diagnostic and consultation services, paediatric cardiac surgical and interventional services, intensive and postoperative care, and support services including laboratory, radiology, physiotherapy, diet and medicines are provided. One-year follow-up for all surgical patients, and food and accommodation for patient attendants for the entire hospital stay is also taken care of
  • Success Life Rate: Over 70% of the children undergoing timely paediatric cardiac procedures lead a normal life with an average life span
  • Antenatal care programme offers comprehensive services to expecting and lactating women. Over 50,000 expecting women have been provided with antenatal care by the Centres
  • ‘Patient Experience Teams’ help to handhold every outpatient and inpatient family through their time at Sanjeevani, with regards to information management, medical / diet counselling, admissions, post-operative care, discharge, and follow-up.
  • Centres for Learning Excellence offers fellowship training programmes in the disciplines of Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, and Public Health.

A Quick Impact Brief

  • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) Beneficiaries – 20%
  • Beneficiary Families with Monthly Income less than INR 8,000 – 25%
  • Beneficiary Families with Monthly Income less than INR 20,000 – 70%
  • Beneficiary Families that survive on a Single Income Source – 60%
  • No. of Paediatric Cardiac Procedures : 22,000 • Average Cost of Paediatric Cardiac Procedure at Market Value: INR 3 Lakhs
  • Direct Societal Impact and Benefit to Families: INR 660 Crores

To restore the rhythm of little hearts, with compassion and without commercialisation is the only way forward! Like the tagline of the World Heart Day suggests – Use ♥ for every ♥, let this day arouse the compassion in every human heart to reach out to every other heart that needs tender care.