It soon became apparent that our work in France, our missions abroad and our training activities were just the beginning. In order to respond effectively to the medical needs of the countries we operate in, we decided to take a more long-term approach.
We build hospitals…
Supporting developing countries involves creating or strengthening reliable healthcare facilities. La Chaîne de l’Espoir is therefore involved in various programmes to build, equip or renovate hospitals.
Mozambique, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Mali have already benefited from such projects. Others will follow !
… and train local teams
In addition to the training we offer during missions, we teach young doctors with the long-term aim of:
- Providing longer internships in major French or European hospitals.
- Setting up teaching programmes in different areas of paediatric surgery with local universities.
Our purpose is twofold
In keeping with our primary calling, our goal is to carry on treating ever more children.
But this goal goes hand in hand with another – the transfer of knowledge and technology. By improving the healthcare facilities that already exist and raising the training level of local medical personnel, the care provided to children will enable a sustainable decline in infant mortality.
Our success stories
- 2001: The Institute of Maputo, Mozambique
- 2001: The Phnom Penh Heart Center, Cambodia
- 2005: The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC), Kabul, Afghanistan
- 2017: The Cuomo Center for Pediatric Cardiology, Dakar, Sénégal
- 2018: The Andre Festoc Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit, Bamako, Mali
- 2020: The emergency operating room at Sinjar General Hospital, Iraq
A significant number of our young patients come from rural areas, far from hospitals and modern medical facilities. Without the financial resources for medical expenses, transportation and accommodation in the area, families often resolve to forego treatment. To overcome these financial and geographical barriers, La Chaîne de l'Espoir has built 5 Children’s Pavilions in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Senegal and Vietnam to house and care for patients and their families prior to surgery and through recovery.