Yayasan Jantung Kongenital Malaysia (YJKM) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping those affected by congenital heart defects (CHD). YJKM was incorporated into the Prime Minister's Office on the 28th of February 2017.
Since its inception, YJKM has been committed to its mission of providing financial support for CHD patients in need of CHD treatment, along with promoting awareness of CHD among the general public.
WHAT ARE CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS?
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the world, affecting every 1 in 100 births. Children with congenital heart defects are born with a heart that is structurally different from others. The most common example of congenital heart defects are septal defects, also known as a "hole in the heart", but there are many different kinds. Congenital heart defects cause the heart to be unable to function as it should and puts the child's health in jeopardy.
These children will require surgery at some point in their life to improve their quality of life, and in many cases - surgery is vital to ensure that they can live to their first birthday.
In Malaysia, it's estimated that 5,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects every year. Of these, 3,000 babies will require surgery at least once in their lifetime to save their lives. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources and extremely long waiting lists, some children will never get their chance at life-saving surgery.
CONGENITAL HEART SURGERY FOR ALL
Our main program, Congenital Heart Surgery for All, aims to fund congenital heart surgeries for patients from underprivileged families. Since our program began in 2020, we have spent more than RM100,000 to support this cause and have fully funded the surgeries of 6 patients from underprivileged families.
This year, we hope to expand our services across Malaysia and help more children get the care that they need.