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Humanitarian activities

Humanitarian activities are a tradition at our hospital, which has been working abroad for nearly 60 years.

In line with its treatment and training missions, CHUV receives patients in close collaboration with NGOs, travels for complex operations or emergency interventions during catastrophes, and shares its expertise with local teams.

Key numbers

Discover the figures for our 2019 humanitarian work.



missions abroad



days spent on these missions



patients welcomed to CHUV



m3 of material donated

In the field

Humanitarian missions

In 2019, 75 CHUV employees took part in 13 humanitarian missions, representing 660 days’ work. They treated complex cases in Benin, Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Tanzania, Mozambique, Cameron, Morocco, Cambodia, Greece, Lebanon and Palestine.

Welcoming young patients

For nearly 60 years our hospital has been welcoming young patients via NGOs for specialised surgery, mainly cardiology, paediatric surgery and ENT.

Training professionals

On humanitarian missions, our teams have shared their expertise and operating techniques with professionals in the field, allowing them to take over patient care in the long term. The hospital has also hosted doctors and nurses for one month to one year in various departments.

Aid to NGOs

Since 2004, CHUV has supported NGOs in terms of development support, whether through financing or sending employees on temporary missions.

Donations of materials

CHUV donates medical equipment no longer needed for its activities. In 2019, no less than 300 m3 of material was sent abroad, the equivalent of three trailers.

Support our activities

The CHUV Foundation aims to get the community involved in supporting its treatment, research and training missions. The philanthropic gestures received at the Foundation aim to optimise patient care and develop scientific knowledge in the field of health for the good of all. Patients, their family and friends, the community and the medical and care staff are at the heart of its activities.

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