Despite the fact that our primary source of funding for the project – by the European Union through the Bêkou Fund – came to an end in June, CUAMM’s support for the Central African Republic’s Children’s Hospital in Bangui in partnership with Action Contre la Faim (ACF) continued in 2022. By making some necessary adjustments, including with regard to the hospital’s staff incentivization system, we were able to continue to ensure both treatment for children and the managerial and administrative capacities of the hospital, coordinating human resources and materials and collecting and processing health data in order to plan and evaluate the services provided.
We also continued to train hospital staff and purchase medicines and laboratory supplies. The overall operation of the hospital’s hygiene services and logistic maintenance and the presence of CUAMM doctors were ensured in order to guarantee the availability of around the clock quality pediatric services. In July 2022, at a public event in the presence of the Minister of Health, the Italian ambassador, and other local authorities, we presented the results of the prior four years of activity.
In February 2022, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Population, CUAMM also launched an intervention in support of the Bocaranga and Ngaoundaye Hospitals in the prefecture of Ouham-Pendé, located close to the border with Cameroon and Chad in the country’s furthermost northwestern area, which has been battered by multiple shocks in recent years, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a renewal of armed violence and conflict, fluctuations in the cost of food, and drought. CUAMM ensured the delivery of obstetric emergency and nutritional services by training staff and supplying medicines and consumables. In June 2022, CUAMM’s technical assistance project (ATECH) to 6 of the country’s 7 health regions, also funded by the program European Union’s Bêkou Fund, drew to a close. The project was part of a broader program for the training of regional and district-level health management bodies, and supported the supervision and mentorship of the latter in order to ensure the appropriate planning and monitoring of health activities as well as the standardization of health facilities.
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Intervention begun at Bangui’s pediatric complex.
Giovanni Putoto, CUAMM’s Head of Planning, meets with Central African Republic’s President Faustin-Archange Touadéra at launch of project to support Children’s Hospital in Bangui, funded in part by European Commission’s Bêkou Trust Fund.
Project Head Stefano Vicentini presents project activities and data from Children’s Hospital in Bangui to Central African Republic’s National Assembly.
Visit by Pierre Somse, Central African Republic’s Health Minister, and Stefano Manservisi, Director-General of DEVCO, to Children’s Hospital in Bangui.
European Commission’s Bêkou Trust Fund renews its confidence in CUAMM and Action Contre la Faim (ACF), making it possible to continue partnership and activities with Children’s Hospital in Bangui for another year.
In partnership with OCHA, Bangui health referral system’s eight ambulances made continuously operational.
Launch of the third phase of the “Mothers and Children First” program: “People and Skills”.