Every year, 5,000 babies in Malaysia are born with a heart defect.

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the world, affecting 1 in every 100 babies.
Two-thirds will require surgical intervention at some point in their life – some even before their first birthday.
For some, getting the surgery they need is making the difference between life and death. For others, surgery will massively improve their quality of life.

Every child deserves access to life-saving heart care.

Mortality from congenital heart disease has gone down significantly since 1990s, with the advancement of medical technology and surgical techniques. Outcomes for children born with heart defects are improving steadily. However, not everyone is as fortunate.

Long waiting lists, high number of cases and expensive costs are among many obstacles that families face when trying to access care for their children. Unfortunately, some children born with heart defects don’t make it past their first birthday – dying a preventable death.

Congenital Heart Surgery for All

On the left, picture of doctors and YJKM members around a patient in a wheelchair. On the right, YJKM CEO and a mother look lovingly at a baby

Our Congenital Heart Surgery for All program funds heart operations for heart defect patients from underprivileged families in Malaysia. Our goal is that every child gets the heart care that they need. Since our inception in 2020, we have managed to fund several heart operations with costs totaling nearly RM150,000.

Click here to read more about our program.