Since our beginnings, Sainte-Justine at the Heart of the World has carried out four missions in Morocco (2006-2009), six missions in Egypt (2010-2013) and five missions in Ethiopia (2014 until today) with over 150 healthcare professionals. These missions helped treat more than 1,000 patients with heart deficiencies so far, and we are pleased that local medical teams are now autonomous enough to perform pediatric cardiology interventions by themselves.
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WHO WE ARE
Co-founded in 2006 by pediatric cardiologist Dr. Joaquim Miró and pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Nancy Poirier, Sainte Justine at the Heart of the World is a non-profit organization aimed at saving children's hearts around the world, all while transferring knowledge and providing training to local medical teams.
Our mission to heal the hearts of children
around the world and to enable local medical teams to become more autonomous.
Since 2006, the Sainte-Justine at the Heart of the World foundation organizes humanitarian missions in pediatric cardiology in developing countries.
Every year, teams of volunteers, doctors and paramedical specialists treat children with heart deficiencies free of charge. In addition to surgeries, the goal of our missions is also to train local teams and transfer knowledge in pediatric cardiology, so that medical expertise develops sustainably in the host country.
The humanitarian initiatives of Sainte-Justine at the Heart of the World are sponsored by the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
We are passionate about healing children's hearts to help them reach their full potential.
Our team of medical professionals is extremely qualified and made up of 100% volunteers.
We are committed to empowering local medical teams to help them become fully self sufficient.
Join our upcoming fundraising events to support our cause and learn more about our humanitarian missions.
What People Say
kind words from our supporters
“Every time we succeed a surgery, we have just extended the life expectancy of a child by 75 years. And that is the best salary there is.”
Pediatric cardiologist and cofounder of Sainte-Justine at the Heart of the World
“Humanitarian missions and sick children are two things that are particularly close to my heart. All children, no matter where they are born, should have the right to the same level of medical care.”
Singer and official spokesperson of Sainte-Justine at the Heart of the World
“I would like to reiterate my sincere congratulations for the excellent work that you all accomplish - your entire team of doctors, paramedical specialists, technicians and administrative staff.”
Consul General of the Kingdom of Morocco in Montreal
“Not only does the team save lives, but it also enables a knowledge transfer in pediatric cardiology and pediatric heart surgery to Egyptian colleagues who would otherwise not have access to it.”
Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Montreal