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Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque

Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfants du Monde enables children with heart defects to come to France for a medical operation when they cannot receive treatment in their home country due to a lack of financial or technical resources.

Since 2017, VINCI Energies has supported the work of Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque through a partnership with the sailboat Initiatives-Cœur.
For every major yacht race (Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre), Initiatives-Cœur sets sail for adventure across the oceans, carrying a message of solidarity to help children with heart disease.
Meanwhile, VINCI Energies and the other boat sponsors take actions in order to raise funds for the association.
To date, 144 children have been operated thanks to our teams’commitment.

Latest news
on the project

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    Transat Jacques Vabre: Live Ranking


    Take the helm of the boat Initiatives-Cœur on Virtual Regatta and find out how you measure up against the world’s top skippers on the Transat Jacques Vabre.

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    Transat Jacques Vabre


    Enjoyed the Vendée Globe and fancy the idea of being a skipper with a cause – but don’t want to get your feet wet? You can do it on 7 November 2021, on the Transat Jacques Vabre!

An organisation
with a big heart

Everywhere around the world, children grow up with heart problems that put their lives at risk. These children are referred to Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque by local doctors, other organisations working in the country or individuals who have learned about the organisation’s work through the media.

When it identifies a child in need, Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque asks the local medical team and the family to fill out a full report on the child, including information about their disease, overall health and living conditions.
Based on this report, the organisation decides if the child can come to France for an operation.

Nearly one in every 100 children worldwide is born with a heart defect

Other children will develop heart disease following infections. Whether infectious or congenital, these diseases are highly incapacitating and often fatal. Heart surgery is frequently the only means of saving children affected with heart disease. But these operations require advanced and extremely costly medical techniques.

In many countries, it is impossible to carry out these operations due to a lack of medical equipment, expertise or financial resources. Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque fights every day to benefit these children, who cannot receive life-saving operations in their home countries, by enabling them to come to France to get the operation they need.

The organisation was created by Professor Francine Leca and Patrice Roynette in 1996. Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque is a renowned humanitarian organisation, registered as a public service organisation and a charity helping people in need.