Once again, IMA is celebrating this year’s Festive Season
by supporting Mani Tese and Médecins Sans Frontières
The IMA Group is contributing to two projects: improving food security through the development of horticulture in Burkina Faso (Mani Tese) and nutritional emergency response in Niger (Médecins Sans Frontières). A contribution to help the people of two of the poorest countries in the world.
Horticultural development programme in Nioniogo and Bagayiri
In the villages of Burkina Faso the development of horticulture represents a source of food and income for the communities, so that they may purchase medicines and clothes and send their children to school. Unfortunately, mainly due to widespread illiteracy, until recently the practice of vegetable growing has remained an activity carried out with rudimentary instruments and precarious agricultural techniques. Building on their wide knowledge of the area, Burkina Faso Mani Tese’s representatives and those of the local NGO Kibarè have identified some women’s groups who volunteered to work on, and intensify, the development of a Framework Programme on horticulture from 2007 to 2010 in 7 villages.
Objectives of the project
The project aims to contribute to the strengthening of the food security, in particular in the villages of Nioniogo and Bagayiri, by increasing both the quantity and quality of the vegetables, by improving techniques in cultivation, storage, conservation and also by the processing and trading of the products. All of the above has the goal of increasing the family income and thus reduce the exodus from the countryside.
Activities to be implemented
- The supply of equipment for irrigation and to measure products in order to promote sale by weight; supply of seeds for the initial sowing; supply of small agricultural equipment (wheelbarrows, shovels, pitchforks, picks, rakes, etc.).
- Support to the producers for the creation of two structures for the production of compost necessary for horticulture.
- Training in improved techniques for horticultural production, addressed in particular to women, in order to transfer adequate cultivation techniques and to set up an information exchange system favouring collaboration among the groups involved.
- Creation of the small horticultural producers cooperative “Produce together, sell together and assume the risks together”.
Direct beneficiaries of the project will be all the inhabitants of the Nioniogo and Bagayiri villages. The indirect beneficiaries will be the communities of neighbouring villages, which will benefit from the positive outcomes deriving from the training of the inhabitants and from the diversification of production.
Mani Tese is a non-government foreign aid organisation actively involved with developing nations. Mani Tese works directly with local partners in the implementation of development projects promoting native resources to bolster the local economy and strengthen local community self-sufficiency and determination. Since 1964, Mani Tese has participated in the successful completion of 2,000 development projects, clearly demonstrating that, with proper assistance, developing countries can overcome distress caused by poverty and greatly improve the living conditions of their inhabitants.
For further information, visit the website: www.manitese.it
Médecins Sans Frontières
Nutritional emergency response in Dakoro District
Between May and the October harvest every year, Nigerians face a ‘hunger gap’. Families exhaust their food reserves and their health deteriorates as malnutrition starts to take its toll. In 2008, the health authorities took steps to fight malnutrition by registering as essential medicines a ready-to-use, vitamin-enriched paste, and therapeutic milks. New growth standards established by the World Health Organization that allow malnourished children to be identified and treated at an earlier stage were also adopted.
Objectives of the project
Providing nutritional support MSF has been running programmes to combat malnutrition since 2001. Teams work with the national and local health authorities in the regions of Maradi, Zinder, and Tahoua (Madaoua and Bouza). MSF treated some 97,600 children under five years old who were moderately or severely malnourished. Other high-risk groups, such as pregnant and lactating women, were also targeted for nutritional care. Care is provided mostly through a network of more than 40 mobile nutritional centres, which allow children to be treated closer to where they live. Many are treated at home with ready-to-use food and come to the centre once a week for a check-up while their families collect further supplies. This approach makes it possible to treat a large number of children with good results: in Zinder for example, the cure rate reached 72 per cent in 2008.
Activities to be implemented
As well as treating malnutrition and associated health problems such as diarrhoea, MSF provides medicine to fight malaria, which is endemic in certain regions, and primary healthcare consultations in outpatient units.
More than 100,000 children attended such consultations in the districts of Madaoua and Bouza (Tahoua region) and in Dakoro this year. The health of young children especially deteriorates during the seasonal hunger gap, when the quality of their diet worsens and the quantity of food available diminishes. Each year the number of admissions to feeding centres grows markedly between June and October. To prevent children from becoming severely malnourished, MSF distributes a supplementary nutritive paste to children aged from six to 36 months (approximately 30,000) in villages around Maradi and Zinder each month during the lean period. This preventive project had promising results, sharply reducing the incidence of severe malnutrition in the targeted areas.
Beneficiaries of the project will be the inhabitants of the Dakoro District. MSF has worked in Niger since 1985.
Medici Senza Frontiere (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 2008, over 26,000 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 65 countries. In 2008, MSF medical teams gave 8.810,000 outpatient consultations; delivered 100,000 babies; treated 1.2 million people for malaria; treated 150,000 malnourished children; provided 133,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; vaccinated 1.9 million people against meningitis; and conducted 47.000 surgeries. The key to MSF’s ability to act independently in response to a crisis is its independent funding. In 2008 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 and Somalia.
For further information, visit the website: www.medicisenzafrontiere.it