Nayan Patel PHF, a member of the Oxford India Centre’s International Advisory Board, has been appointed as a Patron to the international children’s heart charity Healing Little Hearts.
Healing Little Hearts (Registered Charity No. 1130194) sends volunteer teams of doctors and nurses to some of the poorest countries in the world to perform life-saving heart surgeries on babies, children and teenagers suffering from congenital heart disease, free of charge. The charity has treated over 1800 children in 11 countries and 3 continents to date, working with 35 different hospitals.
Nayan will work alongside the charity’s existing Patrons to raise awareness of Healing Little Hearts’ efforts to tackle the massive problem of untreated congenital heart disease in the developing world: the condition kills over a million children every year.
“I am honoured to become a Patron for this international children’s charity,” said Nayan.
“Babies, children and teens suffering with congenital heart disease in the poorest countries of the world simply do not have access to essential health care services. I am looking forward to helping to support and raise awarness of the efforts of the volunteer nurses and doctors who dedicate themselves to this life-saving work.”
HLH’s Founder Dr Sanjiv Nichani, welcomed Nayan to HLH.
“I am delighted that Nayan Patel has agreed to become a Patron of HLH.
“His wide experience, both in the financial sector and across a range of charitable activities, will significantly help raise the profile of HLH’s activities and provide us invaluable guidance.”
A committed social entrepreneur and a change leader, Nayan has expertise in building strategic links between organisations and serves an advisor to a number of charities and organisations in the public and private sectors, including the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. Also a Rotarian of long standing, he has been bestowed with Rotary International’s highest honour, the “Service above Self” award.