The Eni Foundation promotes children’s health, which is a key development factor. Here is some detail on the various areas in which we work.
We have projects in Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, the Republic of Congo and Indonesia involving:
Around 250,000 people live in the Jomoro, Ellembelle and Ahanta West districts of western Ghana, where there is one doctor for every 26,000 inhabitants. Here the Eni Foundation supplied the region’s healthcare facilities and medical centres with water and electricity, provided ambulances and 4x4s to reach under-served villages and kitted out the maternity unit of Half Assini Hospital.
The Kento-Mwana project ran in the Kouilou, Niari and Cuvette regions of the Republic of Congo for four years. In collaboration with the infectious disease clinic at the University of Genoa, Eni succeeded in significantly reducing the transmission of the HIV virus from mother to child. Surgeries and hospitals were equipped with screening equipment, training was provided to doctors, nurses, midwifes and maternity-ward staff and the more than 1,000 women involved in the project received the necessary anti-retroviral drugs. At the end of the process, 430 newborn children were declared HIV-negative.
In rural, outlying and poorly-connected areas of the regions of Kouilou, Niari and Cuvette in the Republic of Congo, healthcare issues are exacerbated by isolated locations. As part of the Salissa Mwana project, we administered more than doses of 430,000 vaccines, trained medical staff and raised awareness of the importance of vaccination among the local population.
In Congo, 30 health centres have been renovated and supplied with equipment; now they’re ready to welcome the local population and provide effective treatment.
Cabo Delgado, in northeast Mozambique, has approximately 1,700,000 inhabitants, of which 47 per cent are aged 15 or younger. The Eni Foundation worked in the Palma district to reduce infant, neonatal and maternal mortality by fighting the spread of malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition. This was achieved by restocking laboratories with suitable equipment, restoring the drinking-water system and setting up a childbirth centre for pregnant women.
In Tarakan Hospital in Indonesia, plastic surgeons are in short supply and overcoming the prevalence of cleft lip and palate is becoming increasingly difficult. For this reason, we opened a centre of excellence with all the necessary equipment and training programmes for doctors, thanks to which 200 children have received operations in three years.
Kilamba Kiaxi in Angola is home to two million inhabitants and approximately 240,000 children. The aim of our work was to reduce the rate of illness due to malnutrition. The Eni Foundation built a new health centre, helped to widen the range of services offered by existing centres and expanded the nutrition support system.
DOMENICO NOVIELLO, CHAIRMAN, ENI FOUNDATION