Who we are

Our Mission

Across the globe, children and families face a crisis: A lack of access to safe surgery. United Surgeons for Children pursues greater health and opportunity for children in the most neglected pockets of the world, with a specific focus and expertise in surgery. 

We pursue holistic health programming that includes: 

  • Volunteer surgical missions to meet children’s urgent health needs; 
  • Training programs to build local capacities that are currently missing in the community;
  • Building and equipping of medical facilities to create lasting infrastructure for health; and
  • In-school education programs to promote healthy behaviors among children, thereby avoiding future needs for intervention.

At La Chaîne de l’Espoir, the year 2022 was rich in action and achievements:

  • more than 10,000 patients operated
  • more than 170,000 beneficiaries of our programs
  • more than 430 days of training
  • 400 m3 and 40 tons of equipment and medical consumables shipped
  • 33 countries of intervention
  • 70 medical missions

Many thanks to our partners and supporters!

Our Vision

Our programs save lives and avert disability – creating a world in which all people, regardless of wealth or nationality, can have the opportunity to thrive in health.


Board of Directors


Marc Sage French American lawyer

Secretary & Treasurer



Fundraising Project Manager

Volunteer Surgeon

With 17 years of experience, professor and surgeon Jean-Paul Couetil is specialized in thoracic and cardiovascular surgeries. He joined the USFC – La Chaîne de L’Espoir International network in 2018 and has been on missions to Bamako, Mali.

“Just like all doctors and surgeons, I stand for the right to live. I always wanted to take my role as a surgeon further and work for developing countries. So I immediately said yes when USFC – La Chaîne de L’Espoir International gave me the opportunity to travel to Africa. I was fully ready to go there with three focuses in mind: practicing surgery, teaching skills and continuing my relationships on the ground with patients and trainees through subsequent trips. The local medical teams that I met in Mali are extremely professional, enthusiastic and very open, and I was even surprised by their high level of skill in the use of modern technology and echocardiography.”

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