What we do


La Chaîne de L’Espoir is a nonprofit health care organization established in 1994 by founding members of Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World, Pr. Alain Deloche and Dr. Éric Cheysson. We are a network of international medical and surgical experts, responding to a crisis of unmet health needs for children in the most neglected pockets of the world.

Our mission


We organize direct surgical and medical interventions in developing countries, and, in some cases, patient’s transfer for treatment in France when necessary.


Our medical volunteers take advantage of missions to elevate local skills among health professionals onsite. This includes a combination of education programs as well as hands-on, practical training.


We build, renovate and equip medical facilities in low-resource contexts, ensuring that all projects are executed to the highest medical standards and affordability.

Health Education

We invest in health education to ensure that good behaviors are instilled from a young age, preventing needs for future medical intervention.

Our commitment

Sustainable action 

We give priority to humanitarian objectives and oversee the running of our projects with evaluations and field visits. 


We work in any area that has insufficient or inexistent health or educational systems; regardless of nationality, race, sex or religion.  

Total transparency 

We hold ourselves accountable to our donors, both public and private.

Given in trust 

We are endorsed by the French Charter Committee (Comité de la Charte), which independently certifies and monitors our adherence to an Ethical Charter.

Our ethics

  • A professional approach to our work
  • Respect for all
  • Impartial management
  • Consistency over the long-term

Our work in numbers

  • 200,000 children receive care each year
  • 5,800 children receive life-changing surgery every year
  • 55,000 children benefit from health education programs
  • 170 missions abroad per year
  • 30 countries of intervention
  • 6 health infrastructures built worldwide