On 10th October, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Prince Louis of Luxembourg received the founder of La Chaîne de l’Espoir at the Grand Ducal Palace.
Professor Alain Deloche, the founder of La Chaîne de l’Espoir, is also co-founder of Médecins du Monde. Founded in 1994, the NGO is engaged in projects in 28 countries. Its purpose is to open access to health care and education for the most disadvantaged children, their families and their communities.
During the audience, the Grand Duchess and Prince Louis learned about the development of the NGO’s new project: the construction of the Centre for Pediatric Surgery within the Mother-Child Hospital “Le Luxembourg” in Bamako.
Over the years, this hospital has become a pediatric reference centre in Mali, and a Pediatric Surgery unit is currently under construction, which will allow heart surgeries to be performed safely.
La Chaîne de l’Espoir will help local doctors; they will teach them new techniques in order for them to be able to perform a broader range of procedures. It also intends to participate in the care of children by creating, alongside the public organisations, financial and social systems which will make it possible to provide access to care for as many destitute children as possible.
Finally, the NGO wants to build a Children’s Pavilion near the “Luxembourg” Hospital to take care of indigent children from the remote areas of Bamako.
Also present were Dr Jeff Kieffer, President of La Chaîne de l’Espoir Luxembourg and Jacqueline Franjou who raised funds for the NGO through the Festival de Ramatuelle, of which she is the President.
The 10th October is also National Suicide Prevention Day in Luxembourg, and the Grand Duchess also received two professors who work to support suicide prevention effort in an audience, alone this time, at the Grand Ducal Palace.
This audience is Prince Louis’s fourth official engagement in Luxembourg following the announcement of his divorce last January. September marked his return to official events, attending the European Table Tennis Championship on his own twice and attending the 8th International Conference on Life Cycle Management with his father, Grand Duke Henri.