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Kento Mwana: focus on the health of mothers and children in Congo

This prevention project, active in Congo from 2009 until 2012, was created to offer support to HIV-positive mothers and their children.

Our results

The project has reduced the level of HIV contagion from mother to newborn, through a series of preventive measures, among them a consultation service for pregnant women. The initiative concerns people living in the three regions of Angola also involved in the Salissa Mwana project. The medical facilities and laboratory at the city of Pointe-Noire have equipment for free HIV screening and radiological and general tests. The heart of the initiative was the University of Genoa's on-site launch of an advanced diagnostics laboratory for studying HIV infection, with our support.  We extended the prevention programme to other diseases (in particular the hepatitis B virus) and provided a pre-emptive vaccination for the babies of infected women. Women with HIV were also given antiretroviral drugs and benefited from getting more iron and vitamins. In all cases we provided blood chemistry, radiological and general tests, and where necessary, admitted people to hospital. 

We also focused on medical staff training, for 781 doctors, centre managers, counsellors, obstetricians, nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians. The medical team took part in various training sessions, on counselling before and after HIV tests, taking care of infected women during pregnancy and labour, and looking after newborns. Finally, staff were trained on safety when taking blood samples, HIV tests and potentially toxic antiretroviral drugs. At the same time, two Congolese doctors did a specialist internship on managing HIV infection at the University of Genoa. 


Important data at the project's end

Three Angolan regions involved
given consultation
To reduce the level of HIV contagion from mother to newborn
given HIV tests
Attended by 781 people
26 Training
sessions for medical staff
€3.2 million Overall cost of the project
In healthcare facilities
Blood chemistry, radiological and general tests
vaccinated successfully
Reduced the level of HIV contagion
430 Newborns
not vaccinated successfully

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It includes 17 goals for socio-economic development of communities and local areas. In line with goal 3, in the Kento Mwana project we wanted to ensure health and well-being for people (Goal 3).

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In four years, we have helped improve the performance of the area’s healthcare facilities, trained staff and strengthened preventive measures to protect women from diseases contracted during pregnancy.

Safety first

Safety in the workplace is an imperative value we want to share with our employees, contractors and local stakeholders. We are committed to eliminate accidents and protect the integrity of our assets. We consolidate a culture of safety through management and organization models, digital tools and communication initiatives. Our goal is strengthening the awareness of our people and their sense of responsibility toward themselves and others, by expanding HSE tools and digitalization to make corporate processes safer, more efficient and faster. 



The Eni Foundation funded and ran the project in collaboration with the Congolese Ministry of Health, Conseil National de Lutte contre le SIDA (CNLS) and the infectious disease clinic at the University of Genoa, whose specialist staff organised operations.