Heartbeat International Foundation (HBI) is the only global charity providing free access to pacemaker therapy for disadvantaged women, children and men. Heart rhythm disorders are complex and the devices to treat them are expensive, especially in the developing world.
We save the patients and families we support from catastrophic healthcare bills, severely declining poverty, and mortal danger. Without us, they would have to sell all of their belongings and commit their families to indentured servitude, or face years of debilitating health and death.
Our Lifesaving Service
Acquire Heart Devices
We depend on medical device companies to provide us with donated pacemakers from their surplus inventory. Our patients get the treatment they need, and we prevent them from having to sell their belongings and indenture their families with years of debt.
Coordinate Medical Staff
We recruit cardiologists and other specialized physicians, as well as nurses and volunteers. We coordinate their activities to evaluate our patients, perform pacemaker implantation procedures, and make sure everything is okay during the follow up period.
Mobilize Heart Centers
Heart Centers are located in public hospitals that donate the space in their facilities for the procedure to take place. They also encourage their staff to donate time to help take care of our patients. Our local partnerships are friendly as well as formalized to ensure safe and competent care.