Monaco Collectif Humanitaire marks 515 lives saved at 15th anniversary celebrations

Monaco Collectif Humanitaire has helped save the lives of more than 500 African children in its 15 years of action. The association celebrated these milestones with an event attended by its ambassador and France’s all-time highest goalscorer, Olivier Giroud, as well as Roca Team captain Yakuba Ouattara. 

The Monaco Collectif Humanitaire (MCH) is a group of 16 Monaco-based and three French NGOs as well as three health centres in the Principality. It was founded in 2008 to provide surgery in Monaco to children from developing countries whose cardiac or sometimes orthopaedic pathologies cannot be treated in their country of origin. 

Since 2019, the MCH has worked in partnership with Chaîne de l’Espoir to provide assistance with treatments and surgeries in four African countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Senegal.

To date, the MCH has organised often live-saving operations and programmes for 515 children in need of medical care.  


To mark the association’s 15th anniversary, Giroud, who has been an ambassador of MCH for nine years, visited Monaco on 13th July to meet with four children from Niger and Côte d’Ivoire who recently had heart surgeries at the Principality’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Centre.

Accompanied by Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Monaco’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Guy Nervo, the deputy chairman of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Centre of Monaco, France’s all-time leading goal scorer also spoke with host families, nursing staff, representatives from the Monegasque Red Cross and a delegation from the Rencontres Africaines, which oversees and organises the young patients’ stays in the region.  

Children & Future and Monaco Aide et Présence donated generous sums in support of the Monaco Collectif Humanitaire. Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department

Additionally, Children & Future and Monaco Aide et Présence (MAP) offered generous donations in the form of cheques equalling €50,000 and €20,000 respectively.  

Children & Future brought along another famous athlete, Roca Team captain Yakuba Ouattara, who is also a sponsor of No Finish Line, an annual event in the Principality that helps raise funds for the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Centre of Monaco.  


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Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department