Founded in 2005, Heartbeat - La Chaîne de l’Espoir is a Lebanese humanitarian association
with the mission to treat children born with heart disease by providing the highest level
of surgical technology and expertise available.
1 sick child, talented doctors, compassionate people
Our story began back in 2005 when heart doctors at Hotel-Dieu de France hospital faced a matter of life or death: the parents of a sick baby couldn’t afford the cost of her surgery. Determined to offer this child a new chance to live, the doctors organized a fundraising concert called ‘Heartbeat’. The twist? They were the ones performing on stage! Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, three children were saved. Heartbeat was unofficially born.
Noticing the increasing need for financial help among the Lebanese community, medical doctors at Hotel-Dieu de France hospital in Beirut approached La Chaîne de l’Espoir (The Chain of Hope).
This large network of international associations has offices in several capitals in Europe and America. Each association works independently but all are united by their values and one single mission: To work continuously so that the chain of life doesn’t stop.
Congenital heart defects [CHD] are problems with the heart structure existing at birth.
Some underprivileged children in Lebanon are condemned to die due to lack of funds
All children do not have access to the same standards of care because of social inequalities. Insurance companies rarely cover birth defects, while public organizations require the family to put up a big contribution. The financial problem becomes an obstacle to the adequate treatment of these children.
We believe that a lack of fund should never prevent a child with heart disease from being treated properly.
We operate by:
Treat children regardless of their gender, race, religion and community
Deliver a high quality of care and of musical events
Be honest and accountable with everyone we work with
Over 3,400 lives saved!
We began our activity in 2005 with the treatment of 3 children with heart disease and are currently helping 300 families every year.
All types of medical procedures have been performed, including open-heart surgery for complex malformations, and state of the art cardiac catheterization.
Our team of professionals comes together to handle each case carefully
We strive to operate at the lowest cost at all levels, with complete transparency.
Thanks to the trust in our mission and to the positive results witnessed over the years: