Centre Cardio Pédiatrique Cuomo, Dakar 

The first public healthcare facility in West Africa capable of performing open-heart pediatric surgeries.
In Partnership with the Government of the Republic of Senegal, Fann National University Hospital Centre (Dakar) and the French NGO La Chaîne de l’Espoir
  • Project start: 2013
  • Operating expenses: € 7 M (as of 2022)
  • Number of surgical procedures : + 1,000


The ground-breaking medical centre provides for the first time world-class paediatric cardiology care and surgery for the children of Senegal and the entire Sub-Saharan African region.

This innovative and ground-breaking medical centre will provide, for the first time, world-class paediatric cardiology care and surgery for the children of Senegal and the entire Sub-Saharan African region. Historically, in this region, a near total lack of appropriate medical assistance meant that very few children with heart ailments survived. This flagship paediatric hospital has transformed and is lifesaving for the entire region and its communities.

The Centre Cardio-Pédiatrique Cuomo, located in the Fann National University Hospital Centre, is the only public hospital in West Africa, equipped to perform cardio paediatric surgery. Prior to the opening of this life-saving centre, very few ill children survived in this region due to lack of appropriate medical care.

The CCPC, whose construction and equipment have been fully funded by the Cuomo Foundation for a sum of six million Euros, is a reference in the field of cardiac interventions for children for the region. The Centre, in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Senegal, CHNU Fann and La Chaîne de l’Espoir, has obtained the accreditation of the Plan Sénégal Emergent, the benchmark for the country’s economic and social policy.

The CCPC commenced its surgical procedures in January 2017. They are carried out by Senegalese personnel trained locally. In addition, international medical teams visit the Centre to support and perform procedures to further enhance the skills of the CCPC staff.

The official inauguration of the CCPC took place on February 2nd, 2018, with the participation of the First Lady of Senegal, Marème Faye Sall, her Guest of Honour, Brigitte Macron and Maria Elena Cuomo, President of the Cuomo Foundation.

Since 2017, over 1,000 children have been operated on at the Centre.


The Foundation’s past involvement in the Arts and in particular with African artists (Sene’Gala-2008), inspired in 2015 the commission to create murals and installations for the paediatric facility.

A group of contemporary Senegalese artists, collectively known as “Groupe D-10”, has carried out the exciting project.



Recent Project Updates

The Cuomo Cardio-Paediatric Centre successfully completes its 1,000th open-heart procedure


The Cuomo Cardio-Paediatric Centre in Dakar (CCPC) celebrated its 1,000th open-heart surgery on February 28th.
CCPC Dakar Starts Heart Surgeries


The « Centre Cardio-Pédiatrique Cuomo (CCPC) » of Dakar, Senegal, which had already started its medical appointments last November initiated its surgical operations this month.




"Itinéraires artistiques de Saint-Louis"

An annual visual art exhibition founded in 2013
  • Start of partnership: 2020
  • Operational expenses: 10000 € (as of 2022)


"Itinéraires Artistiques" is an annual exhibition of visual arts that takes place in Saint Louis, Senegal, a coastal city also known as the "African Venice."

Founded in 2013 by artist Abdou Karim Fall, this exhibition brings together contemporary artists from across the country and has established itself as a major event in the Senegalese art scene in just a few years.

Since 2020, the Cuomo Foundation has been supporting this initiative.

Abdou Karim Fall is an artist associated with the Groupe D10 collective, with whom the Cuomo Foundation has previously collaborated in Monaco (Sene'Gala) and Dakar (artistic development of the CCPC).


The opening ceremony of the 8th edition of "Itinéraires Artistiques."


Recent Project Updates

Cuomo Foundation principal sponsor of 8th edition of “Les Itinéraires Artistiques de Saint-Louis 2022”


The 8th edition of the “Itinéraires artistiques de Saint-Louis” was opened by an official delegation representing the Senegalese Minister of Culture, Mr Abdoulaye Diop, on the 7th May, 2022.