Save a Child’s Heart

Improving cardiac care for children in developing countries

Save a Child’s Heart is an Israeli-based international non-profit organization with the mission of improving the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries and creating centers of competence in these countries. We were founded by DR. AMI Cohen in 1995 at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel.

Save a Child's Heart Valentine's Gala 2024


Together we raised over $700,000!

On behalf of the Waislitz Foundation and the team at Save a Child’s Heart, thank you to our hosts, guests and sponsors for your wonderful support of our SACH Valentine’s Gala with special guest Dr Stella Mongella.

Funds raised from the Gala will go towards providing quality cardiac care for children suffering from heart disease from around the world, training medical teams and advancing cross-sector partnerships to establish specialised paediatric cardiac centres throughout Africa.

We look forward to welcoming you to future Save a Child’s Heart events and to continuing our life-saving journey together. 

Save a Child's Heart Valentine's Gala 2023


It was another incredible night of saving children’s lives at the Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) Valentine’s Gala 2023 with the Waislitz Foundation.

Over 320 corporate leaders, their colleagues, clients and supporters joined together at the Crown Aviary, raising over $700,000. This will provide funding towards another 35 life-saving procedures for children from countries without access to critical cardiac care. Over the past few years the SACH Valentine’s Gala has raised in excess of 2 million dollars and provided direct funding to treat more than 100 children with critical heart disease and support other vital medical activities, in Israel and around the world.


Attendees were treated to a special night of entertainment and networking, all in support of the life-saving work of SACH. The evening was highlighted by guest speakers, Dr Enas from Gaza and Dr Ziwa from Zambia, both receiving medical scholarships in Israel funded by the Waislitz Foundation. Each shared their personal stories, overcoming challenges and adversity, always remain passionate about improving the future health outcomes for children in their local communities. Dr Ziwa will return home in a couple of months as the first and only paediatric cardiac surgeon in Zambia.


In the past 27 years, Save A Child’s Heart in Israel has saved the lives of over 6500 children from 68 countries, undertaken 114 international medical missions and provided 144 medical training scholarships. Over 10 of these scholarships have been directly funded by the Waislitz Foundation.

Waislitz Scholarships

The Waislitz Foundation provides three annual scholarships to budding physicians to increase their life-saving skills in order for them to return to their countries and have a positive impact on sick children in their home communities. The scholarship cost includes subsistence allowance and accommodation in Israel for each physician, round-trip airfare, local transportation costs, participation in international medical conferences and tutoring fees for the training department at Wolfson Medical Center.



Dr. Tolesa Waktola GEMECHU 


Study Period:

September 2018-2019

September 2020-2021

Dr. Rahel Tilahun MELAKU


Study Period:

June 2018-2019


Dr. Mudaniso Kunani ZIWA

Cardiac Surgeon 

Study Period:

January 2019 – Present

Dr. Michael KANGAWA 


Study Period:

April 2021 – Present


Dr. Bonface OSANO


Study Period:

May 2017 – December 2018



 Dr. Ahmed ZAROUR (West Bank)

Cardiac Surgeon

Study Period:

January 2018 – December 2020

 Dr. Enas KABAR (Gaza) 


Study Period:

February 2021 – Present