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In Benin, many poor families do not have access to quality paediatric medical care. In order for children suffering from serious pathologies to be taken care of, transfers to Europe and surgical missions on site in a dedicated to paediatric surgery are organised. Terre des hommes (Tdh) has two main aims in Benin: to facilitate access to specialised care locally and to ensure health transfers to Europe of complex cases of children who cannot be operated in their country.

What we do

Specialised care

Thanks to the partnership with the Fondation Chirurgie pour l'Enfance Africaine (FCEA), Tdh has facilitated the construction of a tract for paediatric surgery in a departmental hospital. This improves access to paediatric care and allows children to be treated in their own region. In addition, Tdh organises the transfer to Europe of children who cannot be operated on locally and gives them access to medical consultations and surgical care.

Terre des hommes in Benin

Beneficiaries 2020


495 children

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 5

Budget 2020


CHF 141,586.- 

Where we work

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Terre des hommes begins its activities in Benin.
Start of health transfers of children to Europe.
Start of surgical missions.
Establishment of a temporary shelter for children who are victims of exploitation, trafficking and abuse.
Opening of a unit at the departmental hospital to care for premature, malnourished or sick children.
Launch of a cross-border project to combat child exploitation in Benin and Nigeria.
Launch of the Integrated Child Protection Programme (PROGIPE).
Inauguration of a new paediatric surgery block.
Launch of the Protection of Migrant Children along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Project (CORAL).

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Annual report 2021
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2017
Thematic policy - Mother and child health
Courage No. 50 - Journey towards life
Project for the Protection of Migrant Children Along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor

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