About
About

CHAINE DE L’ESPOIR/CHAIN OF HOPE – EUROPE unites the skills and resources of 4 founding European NGOs: La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France), Chaine de l’Espoir (Belgium)/Keten van Hoop België, Bambini Cardiopatici Nel Mondo (Italy) and the RobinAid Foundation (Germany). In March 2015, Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal) joined the organisation as its fifth member.

This European organization is a non-profit network of medical and surgical experts who have been caring for populations in need and sharing knowledge in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South America for over 20 years. It aims to:

  • Increase the impact of its projects abroad
  • Advocate for its projects informing international authorities and the European public
  • Launch Europe-wide awareness and fundraising campaigns to gain the support of international agencies, private companies and the public.
Members
La Chaine de l'Espoir, France
La Chaine de l'Espoir, France

Founded in 1994 by professor and cardiac surgeon Alain Deloche, La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) provides children in countries that do not have the technical and human capital to treat them with medical and surgical care. The organisation relies on an international network of medical and surgical experts and also provides educational support on an ongoing basis. La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) works actively in over 30 countries and is currently chaired by Dr Eric Cheysson, chief of vascular surgery at René Dubos Hospital in Pontoise, France.

http://www.chainedelespoir.org/?lang=en
www.chainedelespoir.org
8 Rue Maria Helena Vieira da Silva – CS 11417
75993 Paris Cedex 14 – FRANCE
Email: nbonnisset@chainedelespoir.org / Tel: +33 1 44 12 66 66 / Fax: +33 1 44 12 66 67

Chaine de l’Espoir, Belgique /Keten van Hoop België
Chaine de l’Espoir, Belgique /Keten van Hoop België

Founded in 1997 and chaired since then by one of its founding members, cardiac surgeon Professor Jean Rubay, Chaine de l’Espoir (Belgium) provides children in developing countries with improved access to specialized healthcare.  Missions are carried out by volunteer paediatric experts in seven different countries in Africa and Central and South America. Children can also be transferred to Belgium for more complex medical and surgical care.

http://chain-hope.be/home
http://www.chaine-espoir.be/
Place Carnoy 15
1200 Brussels – BELGIUM
Email: info@chain-hope.be / Tel : + 32 2 764 20 60/66 / Mobile : +32 478 60 50 98

Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo, Italy
Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo, Italy

Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo (Italy) was founded in Milan in 1993 by Professor Alessandro Frigiola, surgeon in chief of the 1st Division of Cardiac Surgery of the E. Malan Centre of San Donato Hospital, and by Professor Silvia Cirri, head of the Operations Unit of Intensive Care and of the Anaesthesia and Resuscitation Service – Institute Clinic, San Ambrogio.  Thanks to the voluntary collaboration of more than 150 surgeons, doctors, nurses and technicians from leading Italian cardio-surgical centres, the organisation brings children with heart disease in disadvantaged countries the hope of life.

http://bambinicardiopatici.it/en/
http://www.bambinicardiopatici.it
Via Olmetto, 5
20123 Milano – ITALY
Email : info@bambinicardiopatici.it / Tel : +39 2 89 09 62 44 / Fax : +39 2 72 01 07 43

RobinAid Foundation, Germany
RobinAid Foundation, Germany

The RobinAid Foundation was founded in 2009 by anaesthetist and intensive care specialist, Dr Matthias Angrés who was chief physician and medical director at Cottbus Heart Centre as well as at Hamburg Albertinen Hospital. The foundation is committed to bringing specialized and sustainable medical care which meets international standards to children living in developing countries and in regions affected by poverty, war and crisis.

http://robinaid.org/en/home.html
http://robinaid.org
Alsterdorfer Markt 6
22297 Hamburg – GERMANY
Email : info@robinaid.org / Tel : +49 40 87 97 79  5-10

 

Cadeia da Esperança, Portugal
Cadeia da Esperança, Portugal

Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal) is an NGO founded in Coimbra in October, 2000. It was born of the cooperation with La Chaîne de L’Espoir (France) and Chain of Hope (UK) at the Maputo Heart Institute, of which it is a founding member.   Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal) maintains two humanitarian projects in medical and surgical cardiology in Maputo (Mozambique) and São Tomé (São Tomé and Príncipe). The former has organised 2 to 3 missions per year in interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery since 2001; the latter finances and equips a small cardiology unit, organises three medical missions (one in paediatric cardiology per year) and maintains a training programme of doctors and technicians.

www.cadesp.pt
Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra Hospital Geral
30141-801 COIMBRA – PORTUGAL
E-mail: cardiotoracica@huc.min-saude.pt / Tel : +351-239 400418 / Fax : +351-239 829674

Board of directors
Eric Cheysson
Eric Cheysson President

Eric Cheysson, chief of vascular surgery at René Dubos Hospital in Pontoise, France, founded the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul and has been president of La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) since 2010.

Matthias Angrès
Matthias Angrès Vice President

Dr Matthias Angrés, an anaesthetist and intensive care specialist, was chief physician and medical director at the Cottbus Heart Centre as well as at Hamburg Albertinen Hospital before founding the RobinAid Foundation in 2009 and devoting himself to medical missions worldwide.

Walter Torrès Hernandez
Walter Torrès Hernandez Treasurer

Walter Torrès Hernandez is an expert in international and diplomatic relations. He founded Chaine de l'Espoir (Belgium) in 1997 and held the positions of secretary general, treasurer and currently serves on the administrative council of that organisation.

Jean-Roch Serra
Jean-Roch Serra General Secretary

In addition to his career in the medical field, Jean-Roch Serra joined La Chaîne de l'Espoir (France) in 1999 as a member of the board of directors. He served as treasurer in 2000 and was elected as the full-time general director in 2003 and still holds this post in the French organisation today.

Marco Di Terlizzi
Marco Di Terlizzi Advisor

Marco di Terlizzi was one of Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo’s founding members in 1993. He was treasurer and currently serves as vice president. He is responsible for Italian and international partner relations and provides logistical and material support for surgical and hospital missions.

Alessandro Frigiolia
Alessandro Frigiolia Administrator

Alessandro Frigiola is a paediatric and cardiovascular surgeon and has been surgeon in chief of the 1st Division of Cardiac Surgery of the E. Malan Centre of San Donato Hospital since 1990. In 1993, he founded Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo of which he is currently president.

Susanne Robert
Susanne Robert Administrator

As a telecommunications specialist, Susanne Robert contributes a strong background in business and economics and has been engaged in fundraising and project management related tasks since 2010. She is currently head of back office coordination at RobinAid.

Robert Elbaum
Robert Elbaum Administrator

After obtaining a diploma in general surgery, Robert Elbaum specialised in paediatric and orthopaedic surgery. In 2000, he joined the humanitarian organisation Chaine de l’Espoir (Belgium) as a member of the board of directors and is currently head of paediatric and orthopaedic projects.

Mission and Values
>Mission and Values

Chaine de l’Espoir/Chain of Hope – Europe is a non-governmental, independent, humanitarian medical aid organisation and international non-profit association.

  • We are committed to providing specialised medical support which meets international standards in impoverished areas of the world.
  • We work with local medical facilities and institutions to support their development.
  • We support local hospitals by providing knowledge, equipment and management, medical and economic guidance.
  • We send out qualified medical and nursing staff, chemists and other experts to operate on-site and develop tailor-made training programmes.
  • We transfer seriously ill or injured children to partner hospitals in member countries if treatment cannot be performed locally.
  • We are a “competence network” that cooperates with like-minded organisations, partners and individuals.
  • We are committed to the health of all human beings, irrespective of nationality, race and religion.
  • We do not work for economic gain and operate largely on a voluntary basis.
  • We are committed to quality management and transparency for donors, sponsors, partners, authorities and the public.

Download the Royal Decree – Statutes

Projects
Close Support to West African Postdoctoral Diplomas of Paediatric Surgery Senegal, Togo and Ivory Coast Western Africa

NEWS: The last training mission occured in Cotonou (Benin) from 2 to 7 november. Professor Hoogmartens (Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium) and Professor Revillon (La Chaine de l’Espoir France) trained 22 students from 7 westafrican countries to the orthopaedic surgery and to the visceral surgery.  

La Chaine de l’Espoir (France) and Chaine de l’Espoir (Belgium) have joined forces to help obtain accreditation for 3 diplomas of paediatric surgery in Senegal, Togo and Ivory Coast. The project includes theoretical and practical training through missions organised for local students and support for the improvement of infrastructure and equipment in partner hospitals.

From June 2014 to July 2015 three seminars have already occured (first in Lome then in Abidjan). The next ones are planned at the end of the year in Cotonou and Dakar. Three other missions will be organised in 2016. At least 40 students could be trained during these 6 missions.

 

Close The Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Department - Fann Teaching Hospital in Dakar Senegal Dakar, Sénégal

In 2004, La Chaîne de L’Espoir (France) equipped a specialised cardiovascular and thoracic centre built by the Senegalese government at the Fann National University Hospital. Today, joined by its Italian and German partners, Bambini Cardiopatici Nel Mondo and the RobinAid Foundation, a new centre’s construction is underway to provide the growing number of children in the region suffering from serious heart disease access to paediatric cardiology and paediatric cardiac surgery.

Close The French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan

Opened by La Chaîne de L’Espoir (France) in 2005 and supported by the RobinAid Foundation since 2009, the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul aims to provide treatment to the greatest number of children and, above all, to share skills and know-how with Afghan colleagues. An additional partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network, volunteers and local teams has led to an increase in the hospital’s activities requiring the construction of a new wing dedicated to gynaecology and obstetrics which will become the Mother and Child Centre.

Furthermore, a new adult cardiology department will open in May, 2015.

Close The surgical team training programme in Iraqi Kurdistan Erbil/Hawler, Iraq Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, Arbil, Iraq

In the Middle East, La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) aims to provide intensive care and advanced paediatric life support as well as train local staff to complete complex surgical interventions. Several cardiopaediatric surgical missions were already undertaken independently by Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo and by La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) in Kurdistan. La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) recently organized an evaluation/audit mission which build the basis for training programmes to be launched by Chaine de l’Espoir / Chain of Hope – Europe in the coming months.

Close The Maputo Heart Institute, Maputo, Mozambique Maputo, Mozambique

In 2001 the Maputo Heart Institute was founded by La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France), Chain of Hope (UK) and Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal). As of 2013, more than 300 children had received care on 14 consecutive cardiology and cardiac surgery missions led by Prof Manuel Antunes. Since 2013, Dr Leitão Marques, the former president of Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal), has been running the institute’s catheterization laboratory. They also organise and finance transfer of the institute’s patients in need of advanced treatment, including surgery, to Coimbra, Portugal. Coimbra has also served as a training base for Mozambican doctors, nurses and technicians.

Close Cairo University Children’s Hospital Cairo, Egypt Cairo, Gouvernorat du Caire, Egypt

RobinAid and Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo, present in Cairo since 2005, collaborate on a project supporting cardiac surgery at Cairo University Children’s Hospital (Kasr El Eini) as well as at the Police Authority Hospital in Cairo. They focus on complex heart defects and neonatal cardiac surgeries.

Support to West African Postdoctoral Diplomas of Paediatric Surgery Senegal, Togo and Ivory Coast Western Africa

NEWS: The last training mission occured in Cotonou (Benin) from 2 to 7 november. Professor Hoogmartens (Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium) and Professor Revillon (La Chaine de l’Espoir France) trained 22 students from 7 westafrican countries to the orthopaedic surgery and to the visceral surgery.  

La Chaine de l’Espoir (France) and Chaine de l’Espoir (Belgium) have joined forces to help obtain accreditation for 3 diplomas of paediatric surgery in Senegal, Togo and Ivory Coast. The project includes theoretical and practical training through missions organised for local students and support for the improvement of infrastructure and equipment in partner hospitals.

From June 2014 to July 2015 three seminars have already occured (first in Lome then in Abidjan). The next ones are planned at the end of the year in Cotonou and Dakar. Three other missions will be organised in 2016. At least 40 students could be trained during these 6 missions.

 

The Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Department - Fann Teaching Hospital in Dakar Senegal Dakar, Sénégal

In 2004, La Chaîne de L’Espoir (France) equipped a specialised cardiovascular and thoracic centre built by the Senegalese government at the Fann National University Hospital. Today, joined by its Italian and German partners, Bambini Cardiopatici Nel Mondo and the RobinAid Foundation, a new centre’s construction is underway to provide the growing number of children in the region suffering from serious heart disease access to paediatric cardiology and paediatric cardiac surgery.

The French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan

Opened by La Chaîne de L’Espoir (France) in 2005 and supported by the RobinAid Foundation since 2009, the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul aims to provide treatment to the greatest number of children and, above all, to share skills and know-how with Afghan colleagues. An additional partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network, volunteers and local teams has led to an increase in the hospital’s activities requiring the construction of a new wing dedicated to gynaecology and obstetrics which will become the Mother and Child Centre.

Furthermore, a new adult cardiology department will open in May, 2015.

The surgical team training programme in Iraqi Kurdistan Erbil/Hawler, Iraq Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, Arbil, Iraq

In the Middle East, La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) aims to provide intensive care and advanced paediatric life support as well as train local staff to complete complex surgical interventions. Several cardiopaediatric surgical missions were already undertaken independently by Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo and by La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) in Kurdistan. La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France) recently organized an evaluation/audit mission which build the basis for training programmes to be launched by Chaine de l’Espoir / Chain of Hope – Europe in the coming months.

The Maputo Heart Institute, Maputo, Mozambique Maputo, Mozambique

In 2001 the Maputo Heart Institute was founded by La Chaîne de l’Espoir (France), Chain of Hope (UK) and Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal). As of 2013, more than 300 children had received care on 14 consecutive cardiology and cardiac surgery missions led by Prof Manuel Antunes. Since 2013, Dr Leitão Marques, the former president of Cadeia da Esperança (Portugal), has been running the institute’s catheterization laboratory. They also organise and finance transfer of the institute’s patients in need of advanced treatment, including surgery, to Coimbra, Portugal. Coimbra has also served as a training base for Mozambican doctors, nurses and technicians.

Cairo University Children’s Hospital Cairo, Egypt Cairo, Gouvernorat du Caire, Egypt

RobinAid and Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo, present in Cairo since 2005, collaborate on a project supporting cardiac surgery at Cairo University Children’s Hospital (Kasr El Eini) as well as at the Police Authority Hospital in Cairo. They focus on complex heart defects and neonatal cardiac surgeries.

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