Raise Awareness in Belgium
Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium carry out sensitizing actions with schools, in view to acquaint children and teenagers to the disparities existing between “North” and “South” in matters of health care, and discuss children’s rights to medical treatment .
Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium organise these sensitizing actions in parallel with the arrival of children to be treated in Belgium, in a way that these schoolchildren will experience the contact with a sick child issued from a developing country. Through the history of this child, they will then fully realise the differences ( daily living environment, financial et geographical difficulties for medical treatments), but also some common points, such as schools, family and social life.
Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium will first meet the school management and teachers to define key points to be presented, following the school program and the age of the children who will tend the presentation. A member of the Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium will then give a general presentation of the project, which will be followed by questions/answers, and the implementation of a common action in favour of sick children of the South.
Raise Awareness Abroad
In countries where they are operating, Chaine de l’Espoir Belgium is active in motivating the sanitary and academic authorities to support public investments in specialised pediatric health care, and train qualified staff.
Consultation Meetings with Sanitary and Academic Authorities
Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgium are regularly involved in meetings with the sanitary and academic authorities of their parner countries, of which :
- Congo Kinshasa: Kinshasa University (UNIKIN), the management of Clinique Ngaliema and the polyclinics managed by the Ministry of Health
- Rwanda: Ministry of Health, Rwanda Medical Council, the Medical School at the Rwanda University and King Faisal Hospital
- Senegal: Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS), the management of the pediatrica surgery Masters of the medical school of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD) and the management of the Children Central Hospital Albert Royer.
- Nicaragua: Ministry of Health Delegates and of Hospital La Mascota
- Benin: Administrative authorities of Hospital Saint Jean de Dieu de Tanguieta
Steps taken by the sanitary/academic authorities towards specialised child medical care
In countries where Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgium is present, actions taken with the sanitary authorities in favor of specialised pediatric medical care have resulted in setting up concrete measures in Senegal, Benin and Rwanda.
These include three partnership agreements with:
- Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS) in Senegal
- Hospital Saint Jean de Dieu de Tanguieta in Benin
- Hospital King Faysal in Rwanda
These collaboration agreements express the commitment of Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgium’s partners to complete projects involving specialised children medical care. These agreements reflect the sanitary authorities’ implication to implement certain targets defined within their partnership with Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgium.