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Many families in Senegal have no access to healthcare. However, a big step has been made with the inauguration of the first centre dedicated to paediatric cardiac surgery in 2017 so that children with heart diseases can be cared for in situ. Terre des hommes aims at two main goals: to facilitate the access to specialised care in the country and to ensure transfers to Europe for the more complex cases of children with heart disease.

Our projects in Senegal

Medical transfers

We enable the recovery of these seriously ill children by transferring them to Europe and to Switzerland to be given surgery there. Tdh is the leader in Europe for medical evacuations and organizes 40% of these transfers. On their return home, post-operative medical monitoring is ensured and the children are given support with their school reintegration.

Surgical missions

In collaboration with specialists in cardiology from the CHUV in Lausanne, every year we organize two surgical missions to Dakar. These assignments have the purpose of consultation, care and surgery of sick children in their own country, whilst strengthening the skills of the local staff. The Chain of Hope, an NGO with whom we work on the ground, has set up the Cuomo Centre, a division for paediatric heart surgery within the Fann University Hospital Centre in Dakar. This major advance makes it possible to increase the number of children operated on in their own country.

Training for medical staff

We give training in Switzerland to Senegalese medical and nursing staff. In 2017, for the first time, five nurses from the Cuomo Centre were able to undergo specialized training in cardiology at the University Hospitals in Geneva. This transfer of skills enables strengthening the quality of care in Senegal.

Oumar had a number of heart problems, which made surgery in Senegal risky. Following an operation in Switzerland, he is now in excellent health.

Oumar, was born with several heart defects


Terre des hommes in Senegal

Beneficiairies in 2019


724 people

Expatriate Staff / National Staff


2 / 5

Budget 2020


CHF 141'000




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Start of the specialized care programme in Senegal.

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