ABOUT KANU HEART FOUNDATION
The Kanu Heart Foundation(KHF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded by World renowned footballer, Kanu Nwankwo to help indigent Nigerian children with cardiac diseases to obtain life-saving surgeries within and outside Nigeria.
Since its launch in 2000 and in pursuit of its vision, KHF has successfully helped 538 children of varying ages get open heart surgeries in hospitals across the world.
According to the Coordinator of KHF, Pastor Onyebuchi Abia, the Foundation has spent about $4.2 million, an average of $10,000.00 per person, for surgeries outside Nigeria. however, with the growing number of heart disease patients on the foundation’s waiting list, the establishment and building of a Cardiac Specialist Hospital will certainly save more lives and also greatly save cost.
It is on this basis that KHF is proposing to build and equip an ultra-modern Cardiac Centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital City. The project which will be the first of its kind in the country is expected to perform at least 250 open-heart surgeries annually when completed. Other benefits of having such facility here in Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized .
The Foundation was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC / IT / NO 19521 in Abuja on 19th September 2005.
KANU HEART FOUNDATION (UK)
Our activities abroad are commendable. It has enabled us to carry out surgeries on some foreign nationals and helped raise awareness to this under publicised problem in Africa. The UK office is based at: Rowlandson House, 289 Ballards Lane. London N12 8NP United Kingdom.
The Ultra Modern Cardiac Centre
It is on this basis that KHF is proposing to build and equip an ultra-modern Cardiac Centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital City. The project which will be the first of its kind in the country is expected to perform at least 250 open-heart surgeries annually when completed. Other benefits of having such a facility here in Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized.
- To put back Smiles on the Faces of Children, including Adult persons suffering from heart related Problems.
- To give every African child with heart defect a new lease of life.
Kanu Heart Foundation has carried out 538 open heart surgeries since inception in 2000.
All surgeries are done in foreign countries like England, Israel, India, and Sudan. Capital flight involved is much
The federal government of Nigeria has given the Kanu Heart Foundation a piece of land in Abuja for the project. The Cardiac Specialist Hospital will be a 40 bedded Hospital with State of the Artificialities.
Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the Special Guest of honour while Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida are Father of the Day and Chairman respectively. FIFA Secretary General Walter Gagj has confirmed his attendance
Nwankwo Kanu Former Super Eagles captain said the construction of the center would facilitate the dream of its 13-year-old foundation of treating more children having heart-related problems within the country. It is hoped that the dinner will raise enough money to commence the construction of a specialist cardiac hospital in Nigeria.
Kanu has stated that President Goodluck has graciously accepted to be Special Guest of Honour at the fundraising event while calling on well-meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies and multinationals to be part of the laudable project.
According to the Coordinator/Trustee of Kanu Heart Foundation, Onyebuchi Abia, when in full operation, the centre would save an average of 250 children and 100 adults heart patients in a one year through the free surgery initiative of the foundation. Heart patients between the ages of 0-12 will also receive free surgery treatment, while patients above 12 years old will be treated at a highly-subsidized fee. It would also save this nation about $5million annually and reduce capital flight.”
Kanu added: “The truth is that we have done 538 in all. We started in the UK and it was quite expensive. On one child we have to spend between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds sterling and we are talking about the cost of operation alone. “We are not talking about flight, accommodation, and feeding. We were forced to seek an alternative in Israel where it is less expensive and we are able to touch more kids. All the same, it is still expensive.”
He said he was touched by the plight of parents and children in the country who do not have the advantage that he has, hence his desire to bring smiles on the lips of more victims of heart-related ailments.
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The Kanu Heart Foundation was established to help underprivileged African children and young adults, living with different heart ailments in Nigeria and other African countries respectively, obtain the cardiac surgical operations needed
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