OUR VISION

Make detection and treatment for heart defects accessible and affordable to all by lowering costs through innovation.

OUR MISSION

Save young lives coming from underprivileged families; lower infant mortality rate through early detection and treatment of heart defects.

Ever since its formation 10 years back Aishwarya Trust has been doing exemplary work in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) among children from the poorer sections of the society. It is very heartening to note that what started in a modest way as a program initiative for poor children of Tamil Nadu has since spread its wings across the country and abroad too. Cognizant Foundation is very proud of its association with Aishwarya Trust since last 5 years, during which period we had funded the purchase of two high- end screening machines for their use in Govt. Hospitals in Puducherry and in Tamil Nadu. It has really been heart warming to read reports of the timely and humane intervention of Aishwarya Trust in saving the precious lives of hundreds of children. While conveying our heartiest congratulations to the Trustees of Aishwarya Trust, to their dedicated and renowned team of doctors and paramedical staff and to their committed and enthusiastic Volunteers for their excellent work, we also wish them many more years of such yeoman service to the economically underprivileged and needy sections of the community at large.

S MADHAVAN, CEO, COGNIZANT FOUNDATION

HISTORY

It was following the loss of my beautiful daughter, Aishwarya, to a congenital heart defect and with the inspiration of a friend that Aishwarya Trust was founded in March 2008 in Chennai. My father K Nagarajan is the founder and backbone of the Trust. Our personal life-changing experience with Aishwarya has made this cause very real, meaningful and worthwhile for us.

Every year hundreds of thousands of children are born with severe congenital heart defects in India. What’s worse is that most parents cannot afford the required life -saving surgery. Aishwarya Trust is a charitable organisation that seeks to reduce the number of preventable deaths associated with CHD. Our comprehensive program includes screening, diagnosis, treatment and review.

We have helped screen more than 1.5 lakh children and supported more than 3,500 successful surgeries so far. Seeing these children lead happy and healthy lives has spurred us on to redouble our efforts. We hope to increase the magnitude of our assistance in the future. With your support and well wishes this dream can soon become a reality.

Chitra Viswanathan, Trustee, Aishwarya Trust

The bird and the heart in the Aishwarya Trust logo symbolise the free spirit that gets kindled in little children when they are free of all constraints in their heart – both literally and figuratively. Our mission is to help as many of these little angels, set them free of heart ailments and allow them to soar high and achieve bigger things in life.

Aishwarya Trust, under the leadership of Mrs. Chitra Viswanathan, is doing outstanding work in the focused area of providing medical support to underprivileged children with CHD in Tamil Nadu. A civilized society should not allow its young to die, only for want of means. Institutions like Aiswarya Trust truly give us the comfort that our society is civilized and caring.

R SESHASAYEE, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, INFOSYS

TRUSTEES

K Nagarajan
K Nagarajan
Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Mr. Nagarajan retired as Director (Finance and Administration) of Plasser India, after 40 years of service. A philanthropist, he has helped scores of children with funding for education and health needs. He is responsible for setting up an efficient financial system for Aishwarya Trust. Soaked in classical Carnatic music since childhood, he listens, appreciates and even enjoys singing. He has encouraged and helped budding musicians by setting up scholarships and prizes.
Chitra Viswanathan
Chitra Viswanathan
Chitra has a B.A (Hons) in Political Science from Lady Sri Ram College, New Delhi and a degree in Textile Designing from Polytechnic, New Delhi. She has also done an advanced course in Tiffany stained glass from the Tiffany Glascenter at Stuttgart, Germany. In 1992, Chitra founded a creative studio, Aishwarya Arts to design and display her art collection. She has held exhibitions in Mumbai, London, New York, and Chicago. She has been featured in numerous publications, journals, and magazines.
Dr. K R Balakrishnan
Dr. K R Balakrishnan
Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan graduated with an MBBS from JIPMER, Pondicherry, and MS (General Surgery) from AIIMS, New Delhi, where he was awarded the Hiralal Gold Medal in Surgery. He also earned an M.Ch in Cardio-Thoracic Specialty from KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He has advanced training in Cardiovascular surgery with special emphasis on congenital heart repairs and has worked with Dr. Albert Starr at the Oregon Health Services University. Dr. Balakrishnan has several accomplishments: a) The largest number of heart transplants in India, b) Over 16000 cardiac surgeries for various heart diseases and disorders, c) several firsts in India- first pediatric heart transplant, first LVAD and HVAD pump transplant. He has received numerous awards for his work which have been published in some of the highest-ranking medical journals
K K Sridhar
K K Sridhar
Mr. Sridhar holds an M.B.A from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and an M.Sc (Physics) from Delhi University. He has four decades of Senior Management experience in General Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Marketing and Sales in two of the world’s top FMCG multinational corporations. Mr. Sridhar has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the USA. He devotes his time to supporting non-profits including one in the U.S. targeting underprivileged urban young adults and to Executive Coaching and Mentoring.

THE AISHWARYA TRUST TEAM

TRUSTEES

Mr. K Nagarajan – Founder, Trustee

Mrs Chitra Viswanathan – Managing Trustee &  Co Founder

Dr K.R. Balakrishnan-Trustee – Co-Founder & Head of Medical Team

Mr. K. K. Sridhar – Trustee & Advisor

ADVISORS

Mrs. Prabha Sridhar – Head of Marketing

Dr. V K Swamy, Paediatric Cardiologist

Mr. Shanker Annasamy (Ex MD of IBM India) – Patron & Advisor

Mr. T V Srinivasan (Executive Coach & Mentor MD of Ms Probex) – Patron & Advisor

Mr. Vaidyanath (Ex CFO of ITC Ltd) – Advisor

Mr. M Lakshminarayan (Ex CEO Harman Ltd) – Advisor

Mr. K R Chandrasekaran (Ex President TI Cycles of India) – Advisor

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh – Patron

Mr. R Kumaresh – Patron

PARTNERS

Fortis Malar Hospital Chennai

Fortis Hospital Banergatta Bangalore

MGM Hospital Chennai

Fortis Hospital Kolkatta

Tamil Nadu State Health & Family Welfare Department

Saidapet Corporation Hospital

Vellore Medical College

Tiruvanamalai Medical College

Villipurum Medical College

Chengalpet Medical College

SAVE A LIFE TODAY

There is so much more to be done to bring a smile and give a hope of life to children affected by CHD. Your support can help us ensure that every child with treatable heart ailment gets the best possible care.

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