Jordan: cardiac and orthopaedic surgery

Program coordinator: Lucie Dechifre

The actions of La Chaîne de l’Espoir in Jordan started in November 2012. The missions of La Chaîne de l’Espoir primarily focus on Syrian refugee children but also address the needs of Jordanian children meeting our vulnerability criteria.

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  • Operate on children with congenital heart defects.
  • Operate on war-affected children or children with congenital orthopaedic pathology.


  • Cardiac surgery

The cardiac surgery programme started with the transfer of nine children to France in 2013 to undergo life-saving surgeries. La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been working since 2014 in partnership with a local hospital in Amman selected for the high quality of its services. Between two and five missions are carried out each year during which at least 10 children are operated on. Most cardiac surgeries involve open-heart surgeries.

  • Orthopaedic surgery

Since 2013, between three and six missions with volunteers specialised in orthopaedic surgery are organised every year in the partner hospital in Amman.

Missions are carried out with a network of health players in Jordan. Such collaborations make it possible to identify and select patients and to carry out a quality postoperative follow-up.

  • Missions

Cardiac and orthopaedic surgery missions consist of the following activities:

  • Consultations: they are used to diagnose and select children likely to be operated on in Jordan. Children examined usually suffer from congenital pathologies and have a very limited access to the local healthcare system. The number of patients wounded or presenting war sequelae requiring orthopaedic surgery is strongly decreasing due to the closure of borders between Jordan and Syria since 2014.  
  • Surgery: surgical care of children identified according to an operative planning decided by the teams.
  • Postoperative follow-up: assessment of surgeries carried out during previous missions and referral to appropriate care (e.g. physiotherapy).
  • Theoretical and practical training of the medical and paramedical staff (mentoring in the operating theatre, organisation of workshops).

This programme is financed by the European Union - Humanitarian Assistance and Protection of Civilians (ECHO). 

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