Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea

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Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea

The project has been fully funded.

Our medical activity at sea on board of the Italian Navy ships lasted almost 5 years. 250 highly specialized medical volunteers were dedicated to this project: anesthesiologists, gynecologists, pediatricians, infectivologists, internal medicine and emergency doctors, midwives, intensive therapy nurses, for a total of almost 1500 man/days. The current situation in the Mediterranean does not require our medical teams to be deployed, but we continue to assist mothers and children with several projects on the Italian territory.

We are thankful to our GlobalGiving donors for their generous support. Please continue to follow our work in Italy and Central and South America through our website!

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20 November: In the farmacy for the children
20 November: In the farmacy for the children

On November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was approved in New York. It is the most important and comprehensive international regulatory instrument for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.

The Francesca Rava Foundation celebrated this date with a national initiative called "In farmacia per i bambini" that took place in almost 2000 pharmacies to promote awareness on children's right and collect pediatric medicines for almost 500 centers for displaced mothers and children in Italy, many of them coming from across the Mediterranean Sea after a perilous journey.

We want to share the story of Abdoulaye, a young Senegalese boy. As a child he escaped from his land and after years of travel, misadventures and wars he finds peace only when he reaches the Italian coast and reads a sign saying "welcome".
"Migrants", "foreigners", "clandestine". Expressions used by men to define other men, words that mark territorial and cultural boundaries, which generate and nurture differences. Migrants are often mention abstractly, in numerical terms: how many have arrived, how many survived the trip, how many did not make it. But when abstract conjectures are embodied in a true story, everything changes:
you stop thinking and you start to feel. If thought divides,  feeling unites; so we all feel a little more similar, all simply human beings. The idea of telling the story of Abdoulaye stems from the intention to make known certain experiences, almost always dramatic and difficult for us even to be imagined, through the direct testimony of those who have experienced them on their own skin. To break down prejudices.

Abdoulaye comes from Senegal. When he was young, his father decided to entrust him to the family of a dear friend of his who lived in the city, to guarantee him the possibility of receiving an education. After a few years, he returned to the village with his family of origin. "In Africa we are forced to grow up fast" and soon Abdoulaye started to question himself about different things. He constantly asked questions that often turned out to be inconvenient and unwelcome. But the more he grew and became aware, the more he rebelled against the idea that someone should command and decide for him. So he left because he did not accept that system, he was not well and from there he could not help his mother as he wanted. He left for Libya, crossing Mali and Nigeria, where there was war. In the desert between Mali and Nigeria the rebels fired "You just have to pray to God and keep walking, hoping to survive". After months of travel he finally reaches Libya. He began to work and integrate (coming to Italy was not part of his plans, he hoped to be able to return home soon). In 2011, however, the war breaks out, and everything changes again ... "I was afraid of leaving the house, because there was a risk of being sent to fight forced to line up with the rebels or with Gaddafi. In case of refusal, a hand was cut or killed. " Abdoulaye arrives in Italy in 2011 at 16, attends school to learn the Italian language well and be able to integrate. His love for football allows him to meet many people who are still part of his life today. Today he lives in Caulonia (Calabria), he is a cultural mediator and acts as a link between the citizens and the boys within the project he is housed in. "From my experience I learned that life can present difficulties, but we must always learn from negative experiences looking for the positive side in every situation. Whatever happens, we must always continue to sow peace, without ever being overwhelmed by hatred and prejudices. "


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Maita, gynecologist (center)
Maita, gynecologist (center)

On June 20th, World Refugee Day, we joined the pain and hope of so many families forced to leave their country, renewing our commitment to the service of the institutions.

The volunteers of the Francesca Rava Foundation - NPH Italia Onlus doctors, midwives and nurses,  for almost 5 years have assisted thousands of children and women on Italian Navy ships. Our work for women and children also continues on the mainland with specialist medical support, donation of medicines to family homes, reception centers for prefectures and communities for minors, in outpatient centers in Lombardy and Genoa.

Our medical volunteers are commited not only for the missions in the front line, they also contribute a great deal to the educational activity of the Foundation in schools and with the partecipation in congresses and public debates, raising awareness on migrant mothers and children.

One of our most active volunteers is MD Maita, gynecologist from Torino. She has been invited to talk to the students of several schools across Italy and to many public debates. She wrote and staged a live performance titled "Sands", a true story of images, sounds, words, emotions lived in the days and nights spent side by side with women and children rescued from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea

Maita, together with her colleague Pietro and midwives Viola and Manuela, won the poster presentation competition "MIGRANT WOMEN: which pathways in pregnancy?" at the AOGOI AGITE Congress in Catania.  Their poster, entitled "Donne d'aMARE", illustrated the "path" of pregnant migrants from a boat at the mercy of the sea in the Sicily Channel, to a Navy Ship to a port in Southern Italy. They described the "path" from the medical triage on the flight bridge, the assistance to difficult pregnancies and the delivery room set up in the obstetric area set up in a helicopter hangar, they talked about support for mothers who lost their child at sea and those who welcomed a new baby, and described the assistance to obstetric emergencies at sea.  

We are grateful to Maita, and the almost 200 medical doctors, midwives, nurses, that so far devoted the best of their skills, energy and their time to our project of emergency support, out at sea and on the Italian territory. We need them, and we need our donors to keep supporting our cause.

"Sands", live performance
"Sands", live performance
Maita with students
Maita with students
Maita during one of her missions
Maita during one of her missions

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Within the project that helps mothers and children in the Mediterranean, the Rava Foundation has started a new action to support migrant women after their crossing the sea and their landing on Italian shores.

We work closely with agencies that host the migrants in various regions of the country, especially those dealing with women and minors. Over time, our collaboration with some of the agencies has grown to envisioning the need for new forms of support and action.

We have collaborated with the CARA Center, a prefectural center for asylum seekers in Milan since last year. The center is home to about 400 migrants, of which eighty women (mainly Nigerians, Somalis and some Syrians). Thanks to the idea of a voluntary association (No walls) operating inside the center, last spring we supported the creation of a gynecological clinic to provide assistance to women in the center, some of them pregnant. They have been offered a service of basic gynecological examinations, fortnightly, thanks to the presence of two gynecologists sent by the Foundation

The project of gynecological assistance on site responds to two main needs: follow prengant women in the months leading to the child's birth and inform young women.

The activity has now grown to a regual service with the support of a midwife. The ambulatory work is organized and led by our expert midwife Maria Vittoria. Her broad experience with migrant women has shown to be a plus to work with young women, mainly coming from The Horn of Africa and Nigeria, thus with different cultural backgrounds and different life projects and plans.

Our commitment to mothers and children in need does not stop. Than you for standing by us.

The calendar being presented in Genova
The calendar being presented in Genova

We have had teams embarked all through the winter on board the Vigilanza Pesca units of the Italian Navy. During the last months the area of patrollement has been shifted to the West.

Our background work in our headquarters is currently focused on interviewing new candidates, midwives, emergency nurses, medical doctors that will serve in this project in the months to come, when the situation at sea is expected to become more challenging.

So far we count more than 200 specialized volunteers being involved in this project over more than 4 years. From October 2013 until October 2017, 92 doctors (among them 25 anesthesiologists, 33 emergy room physiscians, 18 gynecologysts, 25 pediatricians, 3 infectivologists), 60 specialized nurses, 68 midwives took leave from their jobs and devoted their time to ensure lifesaving treatment and assistance to more than 100,000 people, a great number of them being women and children. In 4 years, we counted almost 4,000 man days.

To mark the importance of Fondazione Francesca Rava's contribution to safety at sea through a longtime cooperation with the institutions, the Italian Navy dedicated their 2018 historical calendar to the Foundation.

We feel honored, and strengthened in our will and in our efforts to keep helping.

Stay by our side.

Calendars were sold to fundraise for the project
Calendars were sold to fundraise for the project
 

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Fondazione Francesca Rava Nph Italia Onlus

Location: Milano, Italy - Italy
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