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"In order to achieve the goals of human life, good health is necessary. The mind, body and heart cannot work in unity if one suffers from ill health. It is the fundamental responsibility of those who are healthy, to help those who are not healthy."
- Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Set up under the tenet, "LOVE ALL - SERVE ALL", Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care provide high quality Child Heart Care to all in need, irrespective of color, caste, religion, status or nation, Totally Free of Cost to address in part the Global Burden of Congenital Heart Diseases. With these guiding principles as leading lights, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani stands at the threshold of Love, receiving every child as its own and serving every child as an invocation to the eternal true nature.
Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani began this journey by establishing the first dedicated Totally Free of Cost Centre for Child Heart Care at Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh in November 2012. In November 2016, the second Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heart Care & Research was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at Baghola, Palwal District, Haryana.
Prevalence of Congenital Heart Disease in India
The true wealth of a Nation lies in the health of its Children
Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care were set up to address this national burden.
With almost one out of every hundred children being born with a cardiac ailment, the problem that stares at us in the face is humongous. And with the need for quality healthcare in our country growing alarmingly by the day, the problem needs an immediate address. It is estimated that of the 30 million live births each year in India, around 2,40,000 children (8 out of 1000 live births) are born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Further, one out of every 4 newborns with CHDs (~60,000) would require intervention during infancy each year. CHDs are also the most common cause for infant mortality, accounting for around 3-10% of infant deaths.
The need - treatment gap
While there is an acute need for pediatric cardiac services, care remains grossly inadequate and if available, beyond reach. It is estimated that open heart CHD surgeries cost around US $ 4000 - 6000 across most private Indian Hospitals. Today, only 2-3% of infants requiring congenital heart surgery actually undergo it, as either the condition is undetected, or facilities are unavailable or unaffordable. The result is that infants and children die in thousands every year.
Call for quality pediatric heart care institutions
Clearly there is an immediate need for the society and the health system to address this huge gap in a concerted manner, by establishing a number of quality institutions that would be centers of excellence providing affordable and quality pediatric cardiac care.
To serve the cause of 'Right to Healthy Childhood' through creation of a holistic eco system resulting in reducing the global congenital heart disease burden.
  • To endeavour to serve in greater measure the national burden of child ill health Totally Free of Cost and to become an Institution of Pediatric Cardiac Excellence for India and several developing countries.
  • To develop skilled and compassionate medical, nursing and allied health care providers trained to collectively address the burden of congenital heart disease.
  • To advocate the Right to Healthy Childhood by bringing sharper focus in the area of child heart care, enabled by research and technology solutions that inform all stakeholders in the health care spectrum of preventive, curative, educative and to ensure every child with Congenital Heart Disease has access to quality and affordable health care.
The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Ecosystem aims to address the burden of Congenital Heart Diseases through a comprehensive approach.
Curative Care
The Health of a Child is the True Wealth of the Nation!
A Paradigm Shift
The Centers for Child Heart Care at Sai Sanjeevani entail and offer diagnostic cardiology and treatment for congenital heart diseases. Through State-of-the-Art Operating Theatres and Cath Labs across the Centers, Sai Sanjeevani handles the entire repertoire of pediatric cardiac interventional and surgical procedures.
"Vaidyo Narayano Harihi" is an ancient Indian phrase which states that "A Doctor is a form of Narayana or God himself". This timeless truth is at the core of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care, leading the way to establish global models of tertiary care providing Quality and TOTALLY FREE OF COST services.
  • Spirit of Volunteerism - The Model bases itself that health, a primary societal responsibility, is to be provided with Compassion and encourages Volunteerism amongst a cross section of health care givers.
  • Free Services - All services of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals are rendered TOTALLY FREE OF COST, including screening, education, out patient services, surgeries, inpatient treatment, drugs, diet and consumables.
  • Healthcare for All - All services of the Hospitals are available to ALL irrespective of caste, religion, nationality and economic status.
  • High Quality Care - Medical and Surgical Care is ensured by a Team of highly qualified and experienced Doctors and Nurses.
  • The Complete Care Spectrum - Importantly, it focusses on the entire spectrum of healthcare - Preventive, Educative and Curative Health of Children through the 'Divine Child Health Program' and 'Centres for Child Heart Care'.
'Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care Naya Raipur, Chhattishgarh & Palwal, Haryana'
The Ground breaking ceremony of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care and Training in Pediatric Cardiac Skills In Kharghar, Navi Mumbai was conducted on November 26, 2017 in the august presence of Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar.
"Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Palwal is not just for Haryana but will become a blessing to children from various parts of North India. This will emerge as a centre for new faith, energy and transformation. Many will walk the path of Love and Service as shown by Baba"
- Shri Narendra Modi at the Inauguration of SSSSICCHCR,
November 26, 2016
Mothers and Children matter - so does their health. The healthy future of society depends on the health of the children of today and their mothers, who are guardians of that future.
To further the nation's commitment towards a healthy life for its children and create a holistic and sustainable impact on society, it was imperative to focus on the preventive and educative healthcare spectrum of Child heart care. It is in this context that the hospital's Department of Public Health & Research launched the Divine Mother & Child Health Program in 2013 - a comprehensive early detection and systemic health screening programme for rural school going children, to create a holistic & sustainable impact on the society. The Child Health Screening is based on Government of India's Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and focuses on detection of 4D's i.e, Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Disease & Developmental delays and disabilities. The programme expanded into the Divine Mother & Child Health Program in September 2017, focusing on Preventive Care for Pregnant women and Children.
Out of our country's annual birth cohort of about 26 million, it is estimated that about 1.7 million children are born with Defects at birth, accounting for almost 10% of the total new-born deaths and 4% of the under-five mortality in the country. Children also suffer from a variety of Deficiencies. Nearly 47% of all children are malnourished, 43% underweight, and 20% wasted including eight million severely acute malnourished children. Besides defects at birth, Deficiencies and Diseases, Developmental Delays including disabilities afflict as many as 10% of our child population. However, if detected in time, such disabilities can be managed and the children be groomed with adequate medical support to lead normal lives. This is a matter of concern with the need for urgent and effective action.
Global focus on health screening programmes
According to World Health Organization, an effective school health programme can be one of the most cost-effective investments a nation can make to simultaneously improve education and health. WHO promotes school health programme as a strategic means to prevent important health risks among children and to engage the education sector in efforts to change the behavioural, educational, socio-economic conditions that affect risk. Apart from screening programmes, WHO puts specific emphasis on inculcating healthy behaviours during childhood, by integrating comprehensive health education modules in school health programmes.
Programme Objectives
  • To drive the agenda of child health by fostering an environment of active participation by all concerned stakeholders.
  • To reduce morbidity among rural children (0-18 years) and prevent ill health due to preventable diseases, thereby improving quality of life.
  • To provide timely detection, screening and management (including drug distribution) services totally free of cost.
  • To establish and strengthen referral systems for all necessary and required health care services.
  • To provide health education to enable each child and its family to exercise their right to develop and achieve their physical, mental and social potential.
  • Analysis of the comprehensive child health data generated to study emerging trends.
Key Findings
Over 13,000 children across Government Schools and Anganwadi Centres across Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Karnataka.
  • One out of every three children were found to be suffering from some ailment ranging from dental conditions to vitamin deficiencies, according to the recent findings of the programme.
  • Dental Conditions were found to be alarmingly prevalent with over 65% children showing symptoms related to conditions such as Dental Caries and Gingivitis. In this regard a particular area of concern was found to be the high usage of Gutkha and Supari among school going children.
  • Ophthalmic and Skin Conditions were also found to be highly prevalent with prevalences of 7.37% and 7.47% respectively. While Ophthalmic conditions included a wide range of refractive errors and various adnexal, retinal, corneal and congenital conditions, skin conditions observed included fungal infections, scabies, ring worm infestations etc.
  • With respect to deficiencies, Vitamin A deficiency and Anaemia were found to be significantly prevalent. 1 out of every 20 children screened had a bitot spot (6.1% while the overall prevalence of Vitamin A Deficiency detected from presence of other signs such as night blindness and conjunctival xerosis was found to be 6.4%.
  • 4.7% of the children screened were found to be anaemic.
The Divine Mother & Child Health Program is set to commence its screening and detection programmes for the mothers and children of Maharashtra, with a specific focus on Congenital Heart Diseases. The programme aims to strengthen the existing efforts of the Government of Maharashtra in collaboration with other social organizations of the state sharing the vision of reduced Maternal and Infant mortality and morbidity in the state.
Right to a Healthy Motherhood and Healthy Childhood
"A healthy mother begets a healthy child" - Therefore, through this medical mission we aim to reach out to children before they are born by strengthening mother's health and thereby contribute to a healthy future childhood.
Implementation Plan -
Pregnant women requiring monthly check-ups until delivery and thereafter to assess health of the woman and her baby are screened under "Monthly fixed day, fixed time Ante Natal Care Programmes" across Primary Health Centres in Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Karnataka. Over 8000 pregnant across various districts in these districts are covered by a force of Volunteer Gynecologists, Public Health Specialists and community workers. The programme includes
  • Monthly Ante natal care for pregnant women at Govt Healthcare Centres
  • Health Education for pregnant women by gynaecologists
  • Nutrition Supplement distribution
  • Training of ASHA workers on ANC best practices
Every Mother and Every Child Matters. There are thousands of them waiting for compassionate care and much remains to be done. With gratitude and renewed enthusiasm in our hearts and the will to serve every mother and child, we pledge to expand the Divine Mother & Child Health Program across the Country.
To conduct academic, training and skill development programmes for doctors, nurses and allied healthcare providers to develop skills and invaluable experience to address this National issue of Congenital Heart Disease and become able instruments in the service of the society.
Fellowship, Clinical Rotation, Observership and Exchange programmes for national and global medical students, fellows, and faculty to obtain clinical experiences at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals and their International Academic Partner Institutions with active interest in affordable tertiary healthcare delivery models.
Institute of Nursing & Allied Healthcare Sciences - Graduate, Post Graduate and Skill Development Programmes for Nursing and allied healthcare students & practitioners in Cardiac Care (i.e) ECHO technicians, X Ray Technicians, Lab Technicians, OT Assistants, Physician Assistants, Physiotherapists, Perfusionists, Bio-medical engineers, Medical Record Officers, Hospital Management System Operators etc.
Bharat Ratna Shri Sachin Tendulkar launched the India Cares Initiative at Sai Sanjeevani, Palwal August 03, 2017 to strengthen Government implementation and capacity building programmes for Child Heart Care.
On June 7th 2018, Sai Sanjeevani reached yet another milestone in the journey with the inauguration of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Centre for Congenital Heart Diseases, housing India's first Biobank.
Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Government of Haryana inaugurates Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Centre For Congenital Heart Diseases in Palwal, Haryana on 7th June 2018.
"To understand and contribute to 'Life' through the pursuit of Advanced Human Genomic Research in Congenital Heart Diseases"
The Burden and Pain of Congenital Heart Diseases on children and their families is a cruel and unfortunate reality of our times. Sadly, it is the commonest Disease at birth in India and its Curative Care is inadequate and often inaccessible. 'Healthcare' is complete when treatment of disease is accompanied by the understanding of its causes.
The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Centre for Congenital Heart Diseases aims at this learning while working towards and unravelling the possible causes of Congenital Heart Diseases.
Name: Dakshita Sharma
Date of Birth: February 19, 2015
From: Shahpur, Hisar district, Haryana
Father's Name: Ramesh Sharma (Mechanical Engineer, Mumbai)
Mother's Name: Jyoti Sharma (Homemaker)
Type of Surgery: TAPVC Repair + AV Canal Repair
When Jyoti was six months pregnant, then sonography showed some problem in the heart. Dakshita was born with a weight of 3 kgs. Despite coming from a very orthodox society, her parents celebrated her birth grandly and she soon became a huge reason for joy. When she turned three months old, she started having severe cold and cough episodes. It was in a medical college that an ECHO was done for the first time and then they were informed that it was a big hole and that surgery was required immediately. They went to Mumbai to a large and know private facility, and they were informed that since the child was small, the risk was high and the surgery would cost 10 - 20 lakhs. In fact in most hospitals they were asked to deposit this money before the intervention could even begin. Then the family went to yet another hospital, and they said it would cost about 6-7 lakhs if the child is stable post surgery. The family was really helpless.
Treatment at Sai Sanjeevani
It was then that the family received a blessing through Whatsapp, which informed them of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani, Raipur. This really gave the family a lot of HOPE. Post OPD, the family was explained that while there was risk, the team would try their best to make everything fine. The family was touched with the fact that they were informed of the risk with adequate assurance which they did not get anywhere else. Finally the surgery was conducted on 12th November, a day after Diwali. The child had a very stormy postoperative period. She was frequently extubated and re-intubated prompting which she underwent tracheostomy and she could be eventually weaned off the ventilator. The family was finally ready to go home with Dakshita on 8th February. The family also celebrated the first birthday of the little child with the entire staff before their discharge.
Their experience at Sai Sanjeevani
At Sai Sanjeevani, the family spent close to three months, during which they had become family to all at Sai Sanjeevani. It was heartening to observe the ICU team celebrate New Year with little Dakshita and her family in the ICU. Truly Selfless Love at Work.
Now when the family reminisces their experience they feel that the same treatment would have costed them close to INR 30-40 Lakhs and it was truly God's blessing that they were selected for the treatment at Sai Sanjeevani.
Name: Kushagr Singh
Age: 7 months
Location: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
Diagnosis: VSD
Corrective procedure: Surgical closure for VSD with infundibular
resection and SAM Excision
Date of procedure: May 09, 2018
Just as his name suggests, Kushagr arrived at Sai Sanjeevani Palwal as a sharp and observant seven months old. Kushagr was raised primarily by his grandmother as his mother struggled with postpartum depression. The joy that Kushagr brought to the family suddenly came to a standstill when they discovered the adverse truth that there was a murmur in the child's heart pointing to a congenital cardiac defect. Kushagr's health continued to deteriorate and his hapless father and grandmother did not know how to proceed further. Many hospitals turned down Kushagr's admission and falsely lead them to believe that the child had to grow up for surgery to be feasible. However, his age was ideal for surgery.
In this searing darkness, Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Palwal shined as their only star. At Sai Sanjeevani, the child was given a surgical date but was also advised to consider other options as he needed surgery within a few months or he could lose his window of operability. While waiting for their turn at Sai Sanjeevani, they explored other hospitals, where they bumped into a destitute mother and child duo who had prior experience at Sai Sanjeevani. The woman emphatically extolled in reference to Sai Sanjeevani, "You have left Heaven and come here! You must go back there."
This, to the grandmother, felt like a sign to return to Palwal. Both father and grandmother were determined to wait the necessary time for Kushagr's treatment and refused to go anywhere else. Finally, Kushagr was admitted and underwent surgical closure for VSD with infundibular resection and SAM Excision. At the time of discharge, Kushagr's grandmother narrated a story that moved everyone in the hospital. Kushagr's father, who happens to work as an officer in a governmental department, explained that his stay in Sai Sanjeevani transformed him profoundly and made him rethink his behaviour towards his coworkers and subordinates. At Sai Sanjeevani, he observed that from sweeper to surgeon, everyone is treated equally and with great reverence. This is also reflected in the demeanour of the staff who love and serve patients, families, and each other with compassion and respect. This lead to a resolution to adopt an attitude at work that exhibited dedication, integrity and humility. At Sai Sanjeevani there was a new lease of life not only for Kushagr but also for the entire family.
Every two seconds a child is born somewhere in India. Many newborns ushered in everyday are blessed to embark and experience this marvel we call 'Life'. While each child is a story waiting to be written, some reveal a twist in the tale, right from the very beginning.
A drain normally carries waste. Cries of a babe from a drainage canal is the least expected. A Good Samaritan passing stopped by and was shocked at what she saw. A just born little baby, with even its umbilical cord was wailing piteously. The Samaritan picked it up to find it was a baby girl lying abandoned. Rushing the girl to the District Hospital, the child was stabilised. Only the Hospital authorities revealed in a few days, it had a congenital defect needing heart surgery. All the Samaritan could do was to take it home and aptly chose to name it 'Hope'.
While the child grew in the loving embrace of its new found mother, signs of its malfunctioning heart became evident. It was in early December 2015 she found her way to Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital - Centre for Child Heart Care in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh. In under a week of its admission 'Hope' was cured and transformed into a bright and healthy little girl.
The Child Heart Centre receives and cares for thousands of children with heart disease but this abandoned girl from a drain, is everything a Miracle can be. Every child is a gift to both the family and the world we live in. Sometimes, we need to breathe life into the child to keep it alive and tell its story. In 2015 over a 1000 children whose hearts were operated upon at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani will live to experience the marvel of Life. They will go out to spread joy, hope and progress in the years ahead.
Love we know is God and God is Love. Only, sometimes He can be found with a little baby in a drain.
Just out of my mother's womb
Toil and great battle awaits me
In my fragile body
I carry this tender heart
They tell me that its size
Is that of my palm
Can you then imagine
What a burden it carries
It has not learnt yet
The language of longing
Nor of love
The first syllables it seems
To mutter is that of pain
I don't find the God
Who was with me in the womb
Would he stand by me
When I am thrown into this battle
On the surgeons table i arrive
He thinks I am fast asleep
But I send all my love to Him
For the courageous man he is
I see the spark of my womb God
In his eyes
He fights on my behalf
Creates passage for life
Scores of days pass through
I shift countless laps of many mothers
They nourish my life
They cherish my smiles
What is it to spend
Three out of your eight months
Earthly sojourn
In this strange place called
I See You ( ICU)
I ask him countless times
If you really See me
Then why don't you get me of this machine
With His haloed hair
Like a crown
He walked up to me
And said
I am your womb God
Also the spark in the surgeons eye
Also the nursing warmth
Also the machine
That stands by your side
I am your warrior friend
I am your battle ground
Where you are trained for life
You have love
As The only weapon
Victory shall be yours
And so shall be life
I am His warrior child
I will crossover
Surely to the other side
By Ramachandra Rao Roddam