The CCM and its medico-surgical team, fully conscious of their social responsibilities also devote their skills to humanitarian activities, carried out within the framework of Franco/Monegasque collaboration.
Since opening in 1987, the CCM has been regularly approached by Monegasque and French charites, referring patients from poor countries and those in crisis, for medical treatment of often complex congenital heart disease.
The Centre provides medical skills and technical infrastructures, which are rare or non-existent in many countries.
Since 2008, 647 procedures have been carried out, some thirty a year. In 2021 due to the Covid epidemic, the Centre’s humanitarian activity was slowed down following border closures. Only 4 children and 1 adult were hospitalised.
When young children are involved, organizations such as RencontresAfricaines (link on name: https://associationrencontresafricaines.com/) or the Monaco Red Cross (link on name: https://www.croix-rouge.mc /) select volunteer host families, organize transport and establish a link with these host families who :
- welcome them before admission for a first familiarisation,
- visit them daily during their hospitalisation,
- house them, often for a month after their discharge from the Centre,
- escort them to the airport for their return homeward,
Host families often maintain very strong emotional ties with these young patients.
In the case of adult patients, they are taken care of as soon as they arrive at Nice-Côte d’Azur airport by the Centre’s Reception service, supported during their stay and then escorted back to the airport after treatment.
The Centre or partner associations assist patients or their families in obtaining visas for treatment.
Hospitalisations at the Monaco Cardiothoracic Centre are usually invoiced according to a flat-rate fee inclusive of treatment, stay, laboratory examinations and medical fees.
In 2020, humanitarian hospitalisations amounted to 264,957 Euros, paid for by charities and donors, covering direct consumption costs of 122,751 Euros, as well as by the Monaco Cardiothoracic Centre and its medico-surgical team for a fee of 142,206 Euros. In 2021: amount of 75 483 Euros, supported for 36 439 Euros by charities and donors and 39 044 Euros by the Cardiothoracic Centre.
Additionally, several members of the Centre’s medico-surgical team train cardiovascular doctors and surgeons abroad, mainly in Africa. Training courses at the CCM are also regularly organised for these specialists.