Maintaining presence in the Mediterranean and activity to support migrant mothers&children in Italy
By Emma Bajardi | Project Manager
Pediatrician Maria Luisa
The political and strategic situation in the Mediterranean has changed in the last few months on an international level.
The teams of the Foundation are still present on board of the Italian Navy units in the Mediterranean to assure that in case of need emergency specialzed professionals are available.
The training activity of our voulnteers is now centered on BLS pediatric courses and obstetrcis emergencies at sea, both on board and in the naval bases. An important workshop in collaboration with the Petty Officers' School of the Italian Navy and the University of Bari was organized in Taranto to train 50 nursery students (both civil and military).
At the same time, the Foundation launched, for the fifth year in a row, In Farmacia per i Bambini (In the pharmacy for the children) a national initiative to collect pediatric products (baby food, diapers, medicines..) that are donated among others to initial reception centers, foster homes, the Milan Central Station hospitality hub. The initiative involved over 1400 pharmacies, 2000 voluteers for the benefit of 300 agencies that sustain mothers and children in need.
In a changing scenario, our teams on board are providing training in obs emergency
By Emma Bajardi | project manager
Conference on board Patroller Sirio
In July and August the number of SAR operations has dropped significantly.
The presence of the Foundation's medical teams on board of the units of the Italian Navy has been constant, to assure assistance in any case and at any time. As a matter of fact, during a dramatic event our gynecologist Pietro brought asssitance to a woman who delivered her baby shortly before being saved from the waters. Full coverage of the event can be read in the attached article published by the weekly magazine Grazia (in Italian). The vice director followed one of our teams on board of nave Foscari in July, and described the comitment of the Italy Navy to sea safety and the support of Fondazione Rava for 4 years in a row.
A collateral activity of the Foundation's obs and pediatric specialists on board is medical training, which is provided regularly to the crews during the navigations. Our gynecologist Maita recently took part in a one month mission (the 4th in 3 years) in team with Alessandrio (highly specialized first aid nurse) and Viola (young midwife). They gave lectures on emergency in obs at sea and BLS.
As we follow the unfolding of the international scenario, the Fondazione is continuing its support to the Italian Navy, within the frame of the maritime operations officaily decided and ruled by the Italian and European governernments. Our volunteers are conscious that their presence at sea is a garantee that under any circumstance, not one mother or one child will be left behind.
Summer is approaching for the fourth time since our medical teams first started their activity aboard the warships of the Italian Navy. So far, 200 doctors, nurses and midwives have been selected, organized in teams and sent to join the crews of the Navy. Hundreds of people are rescued, triaged and assisted every time a Save and Rescue alarm gets aired. Last winter the SAR operations were less than usual, but with the good season we are typically registering a sudden increase in the activity. May is always a month of great challenge out at sea.
The month of May last year was signed by a tragedy in the Mediterranean. Our medical team aboard the Bettica patroller witnessed a wooden boat capsizing, and they were engaged in the rescue operations.
This last May again there was a shipwreck: the same day that the Navy men rescued about 500 people and her mother Hafsa, a 23-year-old Somali woman, 34 migrants perished off the Libyan coast. It was Wednesday, May 24th. On Friday at 7.30 am on the Libra warship of the Italian Navy, life took its small revenge and she was born, Maria Luisa, three kilos of hope. Our midwife Francesca and our pediatrician Maria Luisa assisted the mother and the baby in what seemed to be a regular and quick delivery, instead was followed by post partum complications for the mother. All ended well, thanks to the skills and experience of the personnel, and mother and child could be transferred by eli to a hospital in the mainland.
Every time a mother is saved, every time a baby is born or rescued alive from the waters, us at Fondazione Rava feel proud of our work, and immensely grateful to those who contribute to making our constant engagment possible.
Ahead of us are four months of emergency within the emergency. Hundreds of thousands of desperate people are hoarded someplace in Lybia and are being embarked thousands at a time on rubber or wooden vessels. Our teams will be doubled or even tripled all summer long.
Keep supporting our commintment to mothers and children like Hafsa and Maria Luisa.
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