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Kilamba Kiaxi: in Angola for the care of women and children

From 2009 to 2012, Eni Foundation ran a healthcare-nutritional project in collaboration with doctors and paramedics.

Our results

We have strengthened the network of health services in the region by supporting existing health centres and also constructing two new ones – one a centre for nutritional therapy, the other a nutritional assistance centre within Hospital Divina Providência. We created an emergency transportation system for patients in the municipality’s six districts and improved the technical, management and disease-control skills of healthcare staff by training doctors and paramedics.

We have provided refresher courses in gynaecology and obstetrics, paediatrics, nutrition and biology/laboratory work, as well as training sessions on specific aspects of maternal and child medicine. They have included theory classes, practical experience and participation at international conferences. Two-year specialisation courses in paediatrics were organised for local doctors at the Brazilian Institute in Luanda and short courses for doctors and paramedics were held in Recife in Brazil.

We have also strengthened and expanded medical services for mothers and children, including paediatric and prenatal appointments, vaccinations, diagnostic work and efforts to raise awareness in families of prevention and nutrition. The Eni Foundation was also committed to improving the health of women and children in Luanda, as well as reducing the incidence of preventable diseases and diseases caused by malnutrition. Over the course of three years, the Foundation increased access to treatment services with a paediatrics assistance service covering all stages of pregnancy and childbirth, including post-partum.

In March 2012, we opened the first new health centre, complete with furniture and healthcare equipment, in a project managed directly by the Eni Foundation. In December of the same year, we handed over the second facility. We organised training and refresher courses and trained healthcare staff to integrate systems for data collection and analysis in the municipality. The Eni Foundation also organised a number of healthcare sessions to teach mothers how to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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Significant figures at the end of the project

More than 800 vaccinations per day
498,662
Vaccinations
Medical services for mothers and children
344,081
Paediatric appointments
Medical services during childbirth, including post-partum
189,302
Obstetric appointments
€ 6,2 million Total project cost between 2009 and 2012
Between 2009 and 2012
To improve women's health
12,952
Gynaecological visits
To reduce the incidence of preventable diseases
681,278
Laboratory analyses
Medical services
30,096Births
in healthcare facilities and at home

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan incorporating 17 goals aimed at addressing the social and economic development of communities and regions. With the Kilamba Kiaxi project, we have helped fight for to ensure the health and wellbeing of the population (Goal 3).

 

Safety comes first

Workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety. 

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The initiative was a success thanks to our partnerships with various institutions.

Thanks to this project, the Kilamba Kiaxi municipality has reached higher standards of service, both in terms of quality and quantity, and has set the benchmark for the entire province of Luanda.

Director of Human Resources for the Ministry of Health in Angola

Impact on the environment and communities

The two new centres provide healthcare and improve access to maternal and child services in densely populated areas. In addition, a nutritional therapy centre and nutritional assistance centre within Hospital Divina Providência provided nutritionist services to the entire municipality.

 

Our partners

Eni Foundation manages, coordinates and funds the project. The Angolan Ministry of Health, our institutional partner, provides the healthcare facilities, medical workers, drugs and anything else that’s needed. The charity Obra da Divina Providência helps make some design components and is the main point of reference for the initiative when it comes to operations. For training, the project also relies on scientific help from the Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira (IMIP) in Recife and the Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Pediatrico Burlo Garofolo (IRCCS BG) in Trieste, as well as support from the David Bernardino University Paediatric Hospital in Luanda.