We are very sorry to announce that our 7th Scientific Meeting
in New Delhi, India has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Please look for more information here and in your inboxes shortly
about exciting plans for 2021!

Mission

The vision of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery is that every child born anywhere in the world with a congenital heart defect should have access to appropriate medical and surgical care.

Official Journal of the World Society

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World Journal becomes the official journal of CHSS and ECHSA

 

World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

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World University for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

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In order to pursue its educational mission, the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery announces the establishment of the World University for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in collaboration and partnership between the following international organizations:

African Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Asian Association for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society
European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association
Sociedad Latina de Cardiología y Cirurgía Cardiovascular Pediátrica
World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

 
The Vision of the World University for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery is that every health care professional, anywhere in the world involved in the care of patients with pediatric and congenital heart disease, should have access to ongoing education.

The Mission of the World University for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery is to promote and facilitate access to education of surgeons and allied professionals involved in the care of patients with pediatric and congenital heart disease.

The World University will launch its educational activities with a series of monthly Webinars, the first one on the topic of TGA/IVS on Saturday, September 26, from 9-11:30 AM, Montreal time (1 – 3:30 PM, GMT). Please, make plans to attend this exciting event with your colleagues!

In order to plan its educational activities, the World University will be seeking your valuable opinion! You will soon receive an invitation to fill out an important questionnaire. Please help us design the Educational Curriculum by filling out this questionnaire!

The World Society continues to expand its educational activities despite the severe restriction to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This continues to be possible only through the support and engagement of its members. We encourage all of you to follow the health guidelines in your communities!

We send you our best wishes for health and safety,

Marcelo B. Jatene
President
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Frank Edwin
Secretary
Accra, Ghana

Christo I. Tchervenkov
Executive Director & Founding President
Montreal, Canada

Download COVID-19: Crisis Management in Congenital Heart Surgery

Preface

Our nation’s health care infrastructure faces unprecedented challenges in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the congenital heart disease (CHD) community is no exception.These challenges include looming resource scarcities of equipment, personnel, and blood. In addition, there are the substantial infection risks to patients, family members, and staff. These factors necessitate thoughtful but often difficult decisions onhow to best triage patients with CHD. Our relatively small workforce adds another dimension to the challenge, since therapid spread of COVID-19 could result in program closure at a moment’s notice secondary to insufficient personnel from infection or quarantine. Although many sectors of our society can be placed on hiatus during this period of crisis, our patients’diseases continue to require care, particularly among newborns and infants who often necessitate operations during a narrow temporal window for satisfactory outcomes.

In these difficult times we wish you and your families health and the strength to get through this terrible pandemic in your respective countries. Please be safe and follow the recommendations from your health authorities and governments to avoid, limit and mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19!
 
The WSPCHS Leadership is carefully monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect around the world, as well as the policies set by institutions and countries. We are concerned about the possible effects on the health of our members, families and patients. We are also concerned about how the pandemic and travel restrictions will impact the ability to hold the 7th Scientific Meeting of the World Society in partnership with the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India, scheduled for September 17-20, 2020 in New Delhi, India.
 
The Organizing Committee led by Sachin Talwar, Rajesh Sharma and Krishna Iyer, have been working hard to prepare what promises to be another outstanding meeting. The theme of the Scientific Program “Late presentation and remaining challenges in the treatment of congenital heart disease around the world” is really timely in helping with the rapid progress going on in the world.
 
Although we hope that the meeting will take place as planned, we also remain realistic. In the coming weeks, the unfolding situation will be assessed and any decision about the meeting will be promptly communicated.
 
In the meantime, we would like to bring to your attention a manuscript by Joseph Dearani and Associates entitled "COVID-19: Crisis Management in Congenital Heart Surgerythat has been posted on the websites of the WSPCHS, ECHSA and the CHSS. This important manuscript has been accepted for simultaneous publication in the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
 
We send you our best wishes for health and safety,

Marcelo B. Jatene
President
Sao Paulo, Brazil
 
Christo I. Tchervenkov
Executive Director & Founding President
Montreal, Canada

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