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A six-hectare plantation of cashew trees and the establishment of a vegetable garden near Sokodé, Togo, began in February 2021, courtesy of one of our partners, Mission Inclusion. This constitutes an investment of $40,000. Men and women who have received services at the adjacent treatment and recovery centre will have the opportunity to participate in the project at the end of their stay.
This project has three goals:
Five nursing students have been in training since October 2019 at the École Nationale de Santé Publique (National School of Public Health) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Three local Rotary Clubs teamed up with the Rotary Foundation to cover the tuition and living expenses (for three years) of two of them and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie of Québec is paying for those of the three others. These five nursing students are all recovered patients who will enhance the treatment staff in the Saint-Camille centres. The cost of training for these five students is $37,500.
With the contribution of the Louise Grenier Foundation ($17,000), a maternity ward should soon be operational at the Saint-Camille Hospital in Bouaké, Ivory Coast. The premises were already built but unused. Two midwives paid by the Ivorian government will see to its functioning. They will join eight other health professionals (doctors and nurses) who are being added to the existing health care team, following an agreement between the Saint Camille and the Ivorian government. A container of medical equipment and treatment supplies was also sent for this purpose. Its contents (value of $140,000) were provided by Collaboration Santé Internationale and the cost of shipping ($11,000) was covered by the Roncalli International Foundation.
Preventive equipment has been put in place to contain the anticipated disastrous effects of this virus as best as possible in Saint-Camille centres in Togo and Benin. The associated cost amounted to $35,530, 60% of which was covered by the Roncalli International Foundation. This included 29 hand-washing stations and the purchase of infrared thermometers. The Association Saint-Camille made masks and purchased disinfectant gel.