This year IMA is celebrating the Festive Season
with a donation to
Mani Tese and Médicins 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 in the Ivory Coast (Médicins Sans Frontières).
A contribution to help the people of two of the poorest countries in the world.
Agricultural development programme in Kadomtore
IMA will continue to help Mani Tese throughout 2009, with the aim of improving food security through the development of horticulture in the area of Loumbila, Burkina Faso. After building two schools for the local children, IMA is financing for the third year a training project for vegetable and poultry farming. The project in Kadomtore is part of a framework programme for the development of horticulture 2007-2010 in Burkina Faso.
Agriculture and breeding are the two main national economic activities, but for some 30 years the endemic drought has been compromising the soil as well as the life of animals and trees. Agriculture employs 92% of the active population, of which 87% deals with subsistence agriculture or extensive farming characterised by weak production.
The main objectives of the project in Kadomtore are: to contribute to the improvement of food security in villages, through a quantitative and qualitative increase of vegetables for cultivation as well as to stock, conserve, transform and sell the products in order to improve the family income.
The improvement of traditional horticulture will be achieved through the supply of adequate working tools, training in agricultural techniques as well as the management, responsibility and determination of the village groups involved. The development of horticulture will help in improving the producer's income and diet and will also assist in halting the rural exodus and the emigration. The entire framework programme will last for 36 months to allow for the implementation of the activities in the involved villages.
The framework programme will directly involve 270 men, members of seven Male Village Groups (MVG) and 331 women of the Female Village Groups (FVG), a total of 601 persons that will directly benefit from the project. They are the best partners to promote and to supply equipment to implement the project. The final beneficiaries of the framework programme will be approximately 12,000 inhabitants of the seven villages involved, as well as the inhabitants of the nearby villages who will benefit indirectly from the positive consequences of training and production diversification.
We believe that training is essential to develop the economy of Burkina Faso and to help this country become self-sufficient in food 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
Médicins sans Frontières
Nutritional emergency response in Odiénné
In 2008 a nutritional survey was conducted in the northern regions of the Ivory Coast. The findings are, to say the least, alarming: 17.5% of children, between the ages of 6 months and 59 months, of the overall population were found to be undernourished, 4% of whom showed signs of critically acute malnutrition. This figure exceeds the emergency threshold and MSF is not only the number one performer as far as malnutrition-related problems in the Ivory Coast go, but also the front runner wherever emergency relief action is called for.
The project proposed by MSF calls for expeditious action to effectively relieve the malnutrition emergency in the north of the country (Odiénné). In particular, MSF aims at drastically reducing the morbidity/mortality rate of children under five years of age by directly taking care of children suffering from severe malnutrition.
About 1,000 children under five years of age will be helped free of charge at an intensive care nutrition centre at the General District Hospital in Odiénné and at an out-patient nutrition centre in the five affected locations (Minignan, Samatiguila, Kaniasso, Gbeleban and Tienko).
The 50-bed intensive care centre will be part of the Health Ministry’s General District Hospital at Odiénné and will be operational 24/7 with staff recruited by MSF, in total agreement with hospital management. The facility will take care of severely malnourished children who are experiencing complications.
Out-patient centres will operate out of health centres in several locations in the Odiénné area on the basis of the findings of a nutritional and health survey (Minignan, Samatiguila, Kaniasso, Gbeleban and Tienko), and/or have been identified following new exploratory missions in the Odiénné region. The out-patient centre will be open 6 days a week and will take care of children not experiencing complications.
The programme also envisages:
- measles vaccinations
- educating and informing the community of available services (health and nutrition)
- assistance for blood transfusion service
- building up an adequate stock of therapeutic foods and medicines
- monitoring hospital supply requirements
- distribution of free medical care, medicines and rations of high-nutrition foods
- training of local medical and paramedical staff to prepare qualified acute malnutrition care nursing personnel
- organising weekly circulating clinics.
Expected results: setting up of a functional intensive care centre integrated with the General District Hospital in Odiénné capable of offering quality free medical and nutritional care to severely malnourished children and children experiencing complications, in addition to setting up a functional out-patient centre integrated with health centres capable of offering quality free medical and nutritional care.
At the end of the activities, the project, expected to last about 3 months, will be turned over to the Health Ministry or to local NGOs.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from healthcare, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. On any given day, almost 2,300 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other qualified professionals can be found providing medical care in international teams made up of 23,000 local MSF aid workers and their colleagues from around the world. In 2007, MSF medical teams gave more than 8 million outpatient consultations; hospitalised almost half a million patients; delivered 100,000 babies; treated 1.3 million people for malaria; treated 150,000 malnourished children; provided 112,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; vaccinated 2.5 million people against meningitis; and conducted 53,000 surgeries. The key to MSF’s ability to act independently in response to a crisis is its independent funding. In 2007 99% of MSF-Italy's funding came from private sources, not governments. Latest areas of intervention are in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Niger, Mozambique, Indonesia and Liberia.
For further information, visit the website: www.msf.org