Hearts Pavilion, Cambodia

A healthcare initiative supported within the hospital of Phnom Penh to help cardiac children

The Children’s Pavilion in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a health and rehabilitation center dedicated to children with heart diseases. The center is managed by the French Association La Chaîne de l’Espoir which has been present in Cambodia since 1988.

A Collaboration with La Chaîne de l’Espoir

The partnership was effective between 2012 and 2014

The “Alfredo and Elena Cuomo Unit”, created with the support of the Cuomo Foundation, opened in the Children’s Pavilion at the beginning of 2012. It offers many new equipments and facilities including a kitchen, a waiting room, a dental facility and patient rooms. Since its initial involvement, the Foundation has been providing major support to the center’s operations until 2015.


“School at the hospital”

Due to the care required, from post-operative phase to long-term follow-up, some children in the Pavilion experience significant delays in their schooling. To minimize the impact of this problem, the Cuomo Foundation supported an educational program called “School in the Hospital”.

“Caravane Cuomo de l’Espoir”

Jointly set up with “La Chaîne de l’Espoir” between 2012 and 2014, this initiative aimed to transfer low-weight Cambodgian infants, suffering from serious heart diseases, to Vietnam. In Vietnam, the infants are taken in charge by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Heart Institute, which practices open-heart interventions on these patients.

Under this program which ran for three years, twenty infants were able to receive treatments. In addition to the rescued children, this project also provided Cambodgian medical personal from the Children’s Pavilion, travelling with infants, with a very useful overseas professional training.

The Caravan Cuomo has stopped in 2015 since the Pavilion has now the capacity to undertake open-heart surgeries on fragile infants.

Project sustainability

To ensure the sustainability of the Children’s Pavilion, medical practitioners are recruited locally and trained as part of a project, launched in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Cambodia. This is bound to help Cambodgian personnel to gradually take over the management of the center in the coming years.

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