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Post published on 18/12/2020

Unity means humanity. IMA supports Antoniano and Médecins Sans Frontières

Once again, IMA has decided to celebrate Christmas by offering its support to people in need.

In 2021, IMA has decided to help Antoniano in its projects of social integration and autonomy for families that have slid below the poverty line, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) for their maternity ward project at the Castor Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Together to help families in need

For the fourth year running, at Christmas time, IMA wants to support the Families Project run by Antoniano to welcome and support families in difficulty through a process of social protection, integration and autonomy.

The project was revised during the Covid-19 emergency, adapting to the needs of families hit by the health and social crisis, increasing the number of families taken care of by adapting the services to the rules of infection containment:

Cooked meals were replaced by food baskets and shopping vouchers, as well as listening to people and providing aid to families through the Family Fund.

Over the various years that IMA has supported this project, we have contributed to the listening, the aid and the housing for 80 families in difficulty, a contribution that proved particularly useful during the health and social emergency of 2020.

In 2021, IMA’s contribution will allow access to the Evening Canteen for 15 families, and for 14 families access to the Listening Centre and the Family Fund for a whole year.

Nobody gets saved on their own! Maternity Ward, Bangui Hospital

IMA  is supporting Médecins Sans Frontières for the maternity ward at Castor Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic. A project born many years ago in the wake of the violence that broke out in the country, but today more essential than ever to give a future to mothers and children in the Castor Hospital’s maternity ward. The country’s infant mortality rate still remains, year after year, one of the highest in the world and with the new Covid-19 emergency the health system has been put under severe strain.  

Bangui is considered the city most at risk in that country due to the number of cases and the density of its population. When the pandemic broke out, a Covid-19 treatment centre was quickly set up with a capacity of 40 beds and an international MSF task force today supports the local healthcare authorities with IPC (Infection Prevention Control) training and health promotion activities.

 The goal is to continue providing free essential care to the population, while complying with all the new safety measures. In particular, the MSF team applies prevention and control protocols for patients with HIV or chronic diseases and children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition.