Central African Republic
Central African Republic is currently one of the poorest countries in the world, characterized by an instable political and economic situation. The healthcare system is extremely weak, the HIV rate is one of the highest in the African countries and this exposes to risk in particular mother and children.
Since 2012, Chiesi Foundation collaborates with the NGO "Salute e Sviluppo", which works with the Camillian Order in Bossemptelé, at the Saint John Paul II Hospital.
During the period 2012-2013, the Foundation sustained the project named "Supporting Maternal-Infant Health at the Saint John Paul II and Saint Camille Hospital in Bossemptélé". The project involved the construction of the Mother and Child Centre in order to improve the quality of the maternal-infant assistance through the creation of a dedicated ambulatory and a paediatric ward, as well as education activities.
During the war in the country, the Saint John Paul II Hospital assisted and offered shelter to the victims of the conflicts. For this reason, in 2014 Chiesi Foundation decided to support the project “Emergency in Central African Republic”, with the aim to decrease the infant mortality rate in Bossemptélé, by supporting medical care and nutritional support for children.
Finally, in 2017 the Chiesi Foundation decided to support a new project of the NGO "Salute e Sviluppo" called "Response to neonatal needs in the area of Bossemptelé". The aim of the collaboration with the Chiesi Foundation is setting up and opening a new Neonatal Unit at the Saint John Paul II Hospital as well as supporting the training activities for the healthcare providers dedicated to the unit.