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.”
"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."
“Today Rosita is happy because she knows her operation went well, and her fear has evaporated”
Cuida'm in figures
Since its founding in 2004, Cuida'm has changed the lives of 381 many a child. Several were treated in the four cardiac surgery missions set up in Peru.
In 2021, 19 boys and girls received treatment thanks to Cuida'm despite having the added difficulty that continues to hinder us in travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 we managed to help 18 patients.
Annual number of patients attended
Cases by speciality
Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
Neurology / Interventional Neuroangiology
Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Our latest little patients
Carlos Fernando Hernández, 12 years old, El Salvador. Cardiac arrhythmia, very satisfactory outcome.
Manuel Mauricio Meléndez, 4 years old, Venezuela. Congenital heart disease, very satisfactory outcome.
Gabriela Estefania Hernández, 5 months old, Honduras. Congenital heart disease, satisfactory outcome.
Aomar Abeida Sid Ahmed, 5 years old, Algeria (Sahrawi refugee camp). Equinovar feet, the outcome is being very satisfactory.
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.
- 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 [email protected] 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.