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06 February 2017 News flash

Results of the Monaco Humanitarian Collective: 320 Children Treated Since the Start of the Project

Members of the Monaco Humanitarian Collective©Government Communication Department/Manuel Vitali

On Monday 6 February, members of the Monaco Humanitarian Collective (the Prince's Government, Associations, Health Centres and the Monegasque Red Cross) met for their annual meeting.  The Collective's results are very positive – since the start of the project in 2008, 320 children, mostly from the African continent, have been operated on in Monaco, mainly for heart diseases that are not treated in their countries of origin.

In 2016, 48 children underwent operations, thanks to the Monaco Humanitarian Collective (MCH). The very active members of this chain of solidarity include the three partner healthcare centres (Monaco Cardiothoracic Centre, the Princess Grace Hospital and the Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery), voluntary structures responsible for welcoming the children (Rencontres Africaines, the Monegasque Red Cross and Chaîne de l’Espoir) and the Aviation Without Borders association, which provides transport for the children.

The Department of International Cooperation, which is managing the project, thanked the MCH's loyal and generous donors. Children & Future, AMADE Monaco, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Caritas Monaco, the Pagani Elia association and numerous charitable organisations and individual donors gave more than EUR 430,000 to the Collective in 2016.

Finally, the support of the footballer Olivier Giroud, who is an MCH Ambassador, was referred to at the meeting, in particular his involvement in the 2nd crowdfunding campaign, which made it possible to save the lives of two children.

The year 2017 will be marked by the laying of the foundation stone in the catheterisation room in Bamako, Mali. This project by the Monaco Humanitarian Collective will make it possible to treat more children with heart diseases, who will be operated on directly in their own countries.

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