IMA for Antoniano Onlus and Médicins Sans Frontières
We are sharing, once again, the celebration of the Festive Season by giving
This year IMA is celebrating the Festive Season with a donation to Antoniano Onlus and Médicins Sans Frontières. IMA is contributing to the project Let’s design a world without poverty of Antoniano Onlus and continues to help Médicins Sans Frontières in the construction of a container-based modular hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A contribution to support two important initiatives and to welcome the coming festivities with a note of solidarity.
Let’s design a world without poverty
Bologna - Italy
The welfare crisis has resulted in a considerable increase in the number of people in poverty. This project aims to give concrete responses to this growing emergency. It involves the opening and management of a new shelter in Bologna. This structure will be able to accommodate 40/50 people and meet the needs of those requesting help. The communal living environment will enable people to exchange and share ideas and organise initiatives aimed at integrating into the city's social fabric.
Objectives of the project
The aim of this project is not only to deal with the emergency but, through Antoniano’s extensive experience, to work alongside social services to encourage social reintegration, helping those people in difficulty to find a place for themselves once again in the world.
Beneficiaries of the project
Those who have lost or who have never had work. The elderly whose pension is no longer sufficient. Those with health issues. Migrants who cannot integrate into mainstream society. Our project targets both them and the wider community, in our efforts to give concrete responses to the struggle against poverty.
Antoniano Onlus is a non-profit organization founded in Bologna in 1953. Its aim is to help both children and adults in need. The work of Antoniano ONLUS consists in the following activities: Mensa e Centro d'ascolto, where homeless people in Bologna are provided both with food and psycological support; Fiore della Solidarietà, a national fundraising campaign that this year will address the issue of homelessness in Italy. The aim is to create a center in Bologna where to provide food, shelter and support and to promote social reintegration for those in need; Antoniano Insieme, where children with Down syndrome are delivered with therapies such as music therapy, speech therapy and psycotherapy. Families are supported too, both psycologically and economically, especially those who due to their economical struggle would be unable to access these therapies.
For further information, visit the website: www.antoniano.it
Médecins Sans Frontières
Construction of a container-based modular hospital in
Port-au-Prince - Haiti
This project started in 2010 in response to the emergency in Haiti, which was already very serious even before the earthquake that destroyed 60% of the existing medical structures. Médecins Sans Frontières felt that a rapid and effective response was needed to improve access to care and to increase the capacity to provide hospital care for those in need of emergency surgery. A container-based hospital turned out to be the best solution to fill the void while hospitals are being rebuilt as it can be installed rapidly and provides a high level of quality.
Objectives of the project
Médecins Sans Frontières started to build a container-based hospital in 2011. The project envisages 267 containers on a plot of land of 9,000 square metres, which is located in Tabarre near Port-au-Prince and will permit a complete first-aid service and a number of pre- and post-operating rooms, including rehabilitation. There will also be psychological and social assistance available for patients and the people accompanying them with support structures and services. The container-based hospital should be opened at the beginning of 2012, but the entire project is expected to last for other two years.
Beneficiaries of the project
The entire population of Port-au-Prince (around 3.5 million inhabitants) will be able to use the new hospital, above all those living in very poor areas who need emergency surgery. The hospital staff should be able to carry out more than 100 surgical operations per month.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was founded in 1971 by a small group of doctors and journalists who believed that everyone should have access to emergency relief. MSF was one of the first non governmental organizations to provide urgently needed medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it helps. Today MSF is an international medical humanitarian movement with national sections in 19 countries. In 2010, over 30,000 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in 60 countries. In 2010, MSF medical teams gave 7.509.512 outpatient consultations; delivered 150.000 babies; treated 1.6 million people for malaria; treated 300.000 malnourished children; provided 190.254 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; vaccinated 4.5 million people against measles; and conducted 49.680 surgeries. The key to MSF’s ability to act independently in response to a crisis is its independent funding. In 2010 ninety-nine percent of MSF-Italy's funding came from private sources, not governments. Latest areas of intervention are in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Niger, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Chad, Nigeria, South Africa Republic, Libya.
For further information, visit the website: www.msf.org