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.

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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.

8 Rue Maria Helena Vieira da Silva – CS 11417
75993 Paris Cedex 14 – FRANCE
Email: / Tel: +33 1 44 12 66 66 / Fax: +33 1 44 12 66 67

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.

Place Carnoy 15
1200 Brussels – BELGIUM
Email: / Tel : + 32 2 764 20 60/66 / Mobile : +32 478 60 50 98

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.
Via Olmetto, 5
20123 Milano – ITALY
Email : / Tel : +39 2 89 09 62 44 / Fax : +39 2 72 01 07 43

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.
Alsterdorfer Markt 6
22297 Hamburg – GERMANY
Email : / Tel : +49 40 87 97 79  5-10

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.
Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra Hospital Geral
E-mail: / Tel : +351-239 400418 / Fax : +351-239 829674

Chaîne de l’Espoir Luxemburg

Chaîne de l’Espoir Luxemburg was founded in 2016 by Dr Jerry Kieffer, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Kannerklinik, who has been joined by Dr Kerstin Wagner, paediatric Heart Surgeon at the Kannerklinik, Dr. Martine Goergen, Visceral Surgeon at the CHL and by Dr Luc Schroeder, ORL at the CHdN.

136 rue de Cessange

L-1321 Luxembourg

Tel.+352 671 201 611



Board of directors

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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.