La Chaîne de l’Espoir

La Chaîne de l’Espoir, a French association created in 1994 by Pr Alain Deloche and chaired today by Dr Eric Cheysson, is an actor of international solidarity committed to give access to care and school health services to the most vulnerable children, their families and their communities across the globe. La Chaîne de l’Espoir is active in 30 countries.

The context

In Vietnam, regional inequalities represent an obstacle in accessing health care services for the rural population. It is very complicated for families living in rural areas when their child’s disease can only be treated in hospitals in large cities, as in Hô Chi Minh City, where medical standards are way higher than in the province’s hospitals. Indeed, to the operation cost in itself will be added the travel and accommodation costs for the child and his or her family before the operation, during hospitalization and for the duration of post-operative care.

Children’s pavilion

In order to meet the identified needs, La Chaîne de l’Espoir, together with the Franciscan and Dominican nuns, decided to open a children’s pavilion in Hô Chi Minh-City, a housing structure with a capacity of 10 beds that welcome indigent children who need medical exams or a surgical operation. They also benefit from the free care and transport; all costs being covered by La Chaîne de l’Espoir. Namely, the average cost of cardiac surgery is 3000 euros.

The Children’s Pavilion offers the following advantages:

  • Full medical care: located near hospital facilities, the children’s pavilion provides medical and social care for indigent children, who can stay there with one of their family member
  • Social follow-up: children benefit from free care and free transport and accommodation, as well as the accompanying adult, all these expenses being covered by La Chaîne de l’Espoir. Social care is also provided in order to ensure an appropriate recovery of the child once he is back home.
  • Places of learning: teaching and playful activities as well as health, hygiene and nutrition education workshops are organized within the children’s pavilion.
  • Economic utility: the running costs of the pavilion, as a housing structure, are six times lower than hospital expenses. Through the savings thus generated, it is possible to give access to health care to the greatest number of children.


Project history

Opened in July 2018, the children’s pavilion has welcomed, over one year, more than a hundred children, of which 25 have also benefited from a cardiac surgery. In 2020, regarding the needs in terms of surgery, La Chaîne de l’Espoir will continue to welcome children, with a specific goal of supporting the care of 30 children who need a cardiac surgery.

Project objectives

The overall objective of this project is to promote access to essential medical and surgical care for poor children in rural areas. It is based on three components:

  • Identify the most vulnerable children
  • Organize their transfer, reception, care and follow-up
  • Covering medical and social expenses


Thanks to solidary bibs, donations received will contribute to the financing of children’s surgeries, to their stay in the children’s pavilion as well as to the running costs of the pavilion. Thus, a runner will have the opportunity to involve himself to give a child the treatment he needs. “A healthy heart for a sick heart”.

Some key figures of La Chaîne de l’Espoir action :

  • 200 000 children treated
  • 5 800 children received surgery
  • 5 hospitals
  • 170 international missions
  • 720 volunteers

To discover our association, visit our websites :
To download our 2017 annual report, it's here.

La Chaîne de l’Espoir and UTMB® 2021

Opened in the Go Vap district of Hô Chi Minh City in July 2018, our Children’s Pavilion welcomes patients and their families prior to surgery and through recovery.

Thanks to the support of Sister Elizabeth -- a Franciscan Sister who helps us run the establishment on the ground -- and La Chaîne de l’Espoir, a total of 35 children who were suffering from serious heart diseases were operated on in 2019.

In 2020, despite the difficult situation that we have been facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UTMB Mont-Blanc has allowed 12 children to receive a life-changing surgery. All of this thanks to your generosity! 

And as more children are still needing to be operated on, we would like to offer a challenge to the participants of the 2021 edition of the UTMB Mont-Blanc : together, let’s make sure that 21 children receive the surgery that will change their lives. Together, let’s save 21 more lives. How? By taking a Solidarity Bib with La Chaîne de l’Espoir !

On behalf of all the little patients whose hearts could be repaired with your help, thank you. See you at the 2021 edition of the UTMB Mont-Blanc, and until then, have a good training!

Contact solidarity bibs:
Laurent BOULTE
+33 (0)6 49 32 86 27 

Un reçu fiscal est envoyé pour chaque don. Si vous êtes un particulier, vous bénéficiez d’une réduction d’impôt sur le revenu de 75% du montant de votre don (jusqu’à 545€ pour 2019 puis de 60% au-delà dans la limite de 20% de votre revenu net imposable), et si vous représentez une entreprise, d’une réduction d’impôt sur les sociétés de 60% de son montant (dans la limite de 5 pour mille du CA HT).