A team of Australian medical volunteers, coordinated by Sydney Adventist Hospital, has continued a 30-year legacy by spending two weeks in Tonga providing lifesaving heart surgery, free of charge, to 30 children and adults.
The new branding has given us a chance to improve our internet and social media presence, and we’ve seen a rapid increase in the level of interest and awareness in the work we’re doing.
In 1986 the Operation Open Heart for Tonga medical team conducted its first international outreach, a program that now reaches 13 developing countries in the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. The charity provides not only heart surgery, but a range of medical services, including burns repair, facial reconstruction and uterine prolapse treatment.
The growth of the program has brought its own complexities and challenges, with a series of project names being used. Earlier this year, the various names and identities were amalgamated and relaunched as Open Heart International (OHI), together with a new logo and website.
“The new branding has given us a chance to improve our internet and social media presence,” said OHI manager Michael Were, “and we’ve seen a rapid increase in the level of interest and awareness in the work we’re doing. We are really enjoying sharing our story.”
To volunteer, support or find out more about Open Heart International, visit <ohi.org.au>.