17 December 2019
Happy Holidays from the Chiesi Foundation
With only a few days left until Christmas, the Chiesi Foundation would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
As 2020 is approaching, we stop for a moment to reflect on the year that is coming to end and to revisit the places and people who contributed to the successes of 2019.
This was a very special year especially for the NEST - Neonatal Essential Survival Technologies – project that, at the beginning of the year, achieved an important milestone with the introduction of the CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure – into the neonatal unit of the Ouagadougou Saint Camille Hospital (HOSCO). This was the first non-invasive mechanical ventilation in Burkina Faso, in the same neonatal unit that has been included within the case-studies of the World Health Organization (WHO) report “Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn”. Within the chapter ‘Deliver the care they are entitled to’ we find the description of the NEST model implementation: “Nine steps to success in Burkina Faso”. Unfortunately, we were unable to share in person these milestones and successes with the staff of HOSCO, due to the impossibility of travelling to the country. Since the beginning of the year, the country has been affected by an escalation of violence, a situation that does not leave us indifferent. Our thoughts are often there, in the country that, for the first time, welcomed us in an unknown continent, and a country where we have worked passionately to achieve many goals with thanks to a profound collaboration and mutual trust. For these reasons, this year, a special holiday wish goes to the Burkinabe Population, we really hope that the country can soon find peace.
Every year, Christmas greetings are an occasion to thank all the people who support the Chiesi Foundation in many different ways. Thank you very much for those of you who follow us from far-away during our missions, as well as those who participate with enthusiasm in our activities. A sincere thank you to all of the people who share and endorse our mission and those who decided to donate the 5X1000 to the Chiesi Foundation. Every one of our milestones is also yours.
The Chiesi Foundation's Team