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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Through the Cuida'm programme the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital opens the door to hope.


Many families in developing countries fall into despair when their child is born with a serious yet curable disease that is out of reach due to a lack of economic resources. Cuida'm offers them the possibility of treating them at our hospital to return them to their countries either in full health or with much improved health conditions.

Thanks to donations, the programme can cover the expenses involved in each case, reaching an average of 20 cases per year. However, our aim is to have more resources to attend to the nearly 100 requests we receive each year.

“At birth, Daniel began to have trouble breathing and almost did not move. The operation he needed could not be done in Nigeria. Now Daniel can breathe and he does not stand still for a minute, he is a happy child.”

Mother of Daniel operated for a Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM)

"I have such gratitude to the doctors and the Cuida'm programme for helping me overcome a stage in my life. Six years without being able to eat well and now I can eat all kinds of rice."

Leowdy patient of the Cuida'm

“Today Rosita is happy because she knows her operation went well, and her fear has evaporated”

Rosita's aunt Paraguayan patient operated on for scoliosis

Cuida'm in figures

Since its founding in 2004, Cuida'm has changed the lives of 420 many a child. Several were treated in the five cardiac surgery missions set up in Peru. 

In 2023, 25 children were treated thanks to Cuida'm, including two Siamese twins from Mauritania who were separated thanks to a team of more than 20 professionals.

Annual number of patients attended

2004: 7
2005: 19
2006: 14
2007: 15
2008: 25
2009: 29
2010: 24
2011: 14
2012: 38
2013: 17
2014: 27
2015: 16
2016: 20
2017: 19
2018: 41
2019: 19
2020: 18
2021: 19
2022: 14

Patient origin


South America






Eastern Europe

Cases by speciality


General Surgery




Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology


Maxillofacial surgery


Neurology / Interventional Neuroangiology








Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery




Medical treatment

Submitting a case to Cuida'm

The Cuida'm programme of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital offers the possibility of treatment for children from developing countries with a serious and curable disease, which they cannot access due to lack of economic resources. The goal is for them to return to their countries healthy or with a better quality of living. 

Thanks to donations, the programme can cover the expenses involved in each case, reaching an average of 20 cases per year.

For the Cuida'm medical committee to evaluate a case, certain criteria must be fulfilled and the necessary medical documentation provided.

Criteria to enter the programme

The patient must be under 18 years old and suffering from a serious disease that:

  • Is life threatening or has a significant impact on their quality of life
  • Cannot be treated in their home country.
  • It can be treated with a highly decisive treatment that, if further follow-up is required, can be carried out in their country.
  • Requires a treatment that does not involve a stay of longer than three months.

Acceptance criteria

  • Requires a treatment commonly performed in SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital.
  • Has a favourable opinion on the case from a doctor at Sant Joan de Déu, who is responsible for treating the child.
  • Be accepted by a medical assessment committee made up of experts in a collegiate meeting.

Essential documents required

  • Application Form with the most amount of information required.
  • Medical tests and reports.

The documentation must be sent by email to or by post to: Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. A/A Obra Social Infancia, Passeig Sant Joan de Déu 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat. Barcelona

Reply to application

The decision of the medical  assessment committee will be formally notified to the applicant  by telephone or email.

If the case is accepted, the Cuida'm team will contact the applicant to arrange their trip to Barcelona, their stay and child's treatment.