MIL OSI Translation. Region: Italy –
Source: The Holy See in Italian
Headline: AFRICA / CENTRAL AFRICA – The Camillians: new medical assistance services in a very poor country
Bangui (Agenzia Fides) – “New health services will soon be available for Central Africans by 2018. The departments of neonatology, maternity, surgery and the school for one year of nursing education will be opened. Thanks to the project of our NGO, it has been possible to develop and redevelop the San Giovanni Paolo II hospital, already started by the Carmelite nuns of Turin in Bossemptélé “: Father Efisio Locci, MI, president of the Camillian NGO, reports it to Agenzia Fides and Development “and that deals with the various projects in the Central African Republic since 2012. In a country called” the poorest country that I have ever seen among many “, the Camillian explains:” Our presence is linked to the Carmelite Sisters of Turin who they were already in Bozum with a small hospital. The hospital was not yet completed when, following a traffic accident in 2007, Sister Maria Ilaria Meoli, a doctor, one of the founders of the center, died. From that moment we took care of the small hospital. Currently four Camillian fathers work there, while two sisters of Sister Ilaria collaborate in the management of the hospital and the parish. Four other nuns are involved in nursery and primary school, attended by about 800 children. “” The mission of the hospital – says the missionary – is to offer basic medicine services. Here we die from preventable diseases. So many sick people do not go to the hospital because they can not afford it. The hospital staff consists of a local doctor, two professional nursing sisters, some general and auxiliary nurses as well as a couple of midwives. Bossemptélé is a large village with over 14 thousand inhabitants, about 350 km from the capital Bangui. “After the war broke out in 2013 between Seleka and anti-Balaka militias – informs Fr. Locci – the hospital and the parish have become the refuge of thousands of Muslims who have been targeted by anti-Balaka militias. In this context the country has experienced a further increase in the situation of poverty and misery. In three years of war more than 50% of schools and hospitals have been destroyed and everything must be rebuilt “. In November 2014, the anniversary of Camillian presence at Bossemptélé, the community received the” Alison des Forges “award as recognition for defense of human rights: for the courage he had in risking his life to protect the existence, dignity and rights of other people. The Catholic Church in the country has nine dioceses: the community of Bossemptélé is in that of Bouar. Catholics, together with Protestant Christians, represent 80% of the Central African population. (EL / AP) (Agenzia Fides 13/1/2018)
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