I was in Bossemptelé in the second half of December 2017.
It was a very shocking experience because I have fallen in the past at least 100 years. As you know, the hospital is 300 km from the nearest source of electricity.
We have sent everything needed to build a photovoltaic system with solar panels, to meet the needs of the hospital. The three years of civil war delayed the realization of the project as it was not possible to guarantee the safety of the personnel and the integrity of the structure.
The plant was completed before Christmas but the problems due to an overload have postponed the full operation of the photovoltaic panels by a further week.
For a week we had dinner in the dim light of a candle.
In the morning, the glow of the sun gave new life to the landscape.
Father Aris, with whom I went to the Central African Republic, went to see a group of boys playing with a ball made of rags, dreaming of becoming like the famous champions they have heard so much about.
In front of a hut there was a man who looked at them distractedly.
Near the man there was a child who was suffering and doubled over in pain. – I anticipate that now it is good for the duty of news-
Fr Aris asked the man why he was standing there, doing nothing to help the young man, and the answer was: “It’s all the day he’s suffering, now he’s going to die and he’ll stop.”
Fortunately, before sunset, a doctor, promptly alerted, made himself available to take care of the case and hospitalize the boy.
The surprising thing is that death and life alternate like darkness and light. Everything flows without anyone wanting to interfere, everything is part of normalcy, of the cycle of life. For us it is inconceivable not to help those in need. A small gesture can really make the difference. And this is the message we try to convey. Do not stay at the mercy of events but face and try to solve problems one step at a time to improve the world that has been entrusted to us.
The photos represent the children’s Christmas in Bossemptelé and the progress of the works for the construction of the departments.
You can see in the picture that follows, that in a few months have been done great works and is completing the department of Neonatology.
I do not hide a touch of pride in saying it
Unfortunately, the situation of political instability creates many difficulties and does not allow the security of which we strongly feel the need, we are determined to overcome all the adversities and dangers that will arise to complete the project by the end of July.
P. Efisio Locci
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Salute e sviluppo (SeS) is an ONLUS founded in 1996, recognized as a non-governmental organization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003 and now registered in the list of Civil Society Organizations pursuant to Law No. 125 of 2014.
SeS works alongside the Camillians taking inspiration from the great humanity of St. Camillus towards the sick, the poor and the neediest. The Camillians are a Religious Hospital Order founded in 1582 that works in over 40 countries worldwide.
SeS aims to improve the health conditions of the populations of developing countries and contribute to their growth and autonomy.
Its promotes projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the social-health field and in the human development sector with the delegations of the Hospitaller Order of St. Camillus and other Institutions.
Its builds hospitals, schools and aqueducts and implements development projects for food production and animal husbandry.
In Italy, Health and Development informs and sensitizes public opinion and creates awareness on issues related to global education.
The project “Stop to Malaria: prevention and care for Bossemptelé children” was concluded in September 2017. The project was implemented in a very challenging context: in Central African Republic, poverty and underdevelopment coexist with civil war since 2013. The initiative responded the need of care coming from local population and aimed at contrasting endemic malaria, which is one of the main reason of death especially among children.
Activites were conducted in Bossemptelé, in Oham-Pendé Region. Salute e Sviluppo, in partnership with John Paul II Hospital, started diagnosis and treatment of malaria cases. Insecticide impregnated mosquito nets were distributed and population sensitized with regard to ways of transmission, early detection of symptoms and precautions.
The impact of the project, both on people and on the area, is significant and communities have responded positively to all sensitization and education activities aiming at improving their practices and behaviour towards the disease. 4313 people were assisted and treated. 500 mosquito nets were distributed, especially among most vulnerable people.
RCA Health Ministry welcomed with enthusiasm the initiative and contributed by donating drugs and reagents.
We thank Waldensian Church for having funded this crucial intervention