“Fear of contagion, women give birth at home risking their lives”

“Fear of contagion, women give birth at home risking their lives”
“Fear of contagion, women give birth at home risking their lives”

The Theatine pediatrician Raffaella Marino, on duty in Asti, will leave Italy on Tuesday 7 September to go to Bangui, in the Central African Republic, where for a year she will work as a pediatrician in Doctors with Africa CUAMM projects.

After an experience in South Sudan in 2018, he is now returning to another very complex country: Central Africa

An experience, that of Raffaella, which begins thanks to the agreement that CUAMM has with the SISM (Italian Secretariat for Medical Students) and then continues with the Junior Project Officer (Jpo) project of Doctors with Africa CUAMM: an agreement with Italian universities that allows young doctors to work in developing contexts and to experiment with frugal medicine, finding the best solutions with the few resources available.

“Years have passed since my first experiences – explains Raffaella Marino -. The first time I was in Africa as a medical student: one month in Wolisso, Ethiopia, in 2011. In 2012 I met the reality of Tosamaganga, in Tanzania, always as a student. In 2017 I was in Wolisso, for 6 months, and finally in 2018 I got back into the game, in South Sudan, as a pediatrician. Now I leave with a different mood, with new motivations, always feeling privileged for the priceless gift that the work of the doctor can offer. It is, in fact, fortunate to be able to get involved in always different contexts. I do not want to forget what it has given me so much in terms of experience and training. the need to restart “.

In the Central African Republic, as in the other seven countries where the organization is present, in the last year it has been necessary to work hard to secure hospitals and communities against Covid-19, which also threatens Africa and worries about the side effects it generates. In fact, more and more people do not go to hospital for fear of being infected, with the result that many women risk their lives giving birth at home, or many children are not vaccinated against the most common diseases. For this reason, it is important for Doctors with Africa CUAMM to continue to give continuity to projects and to provide healthcare assistance to those in greatest need.

“In the face of a global emergency – reads the CUAM note – the only possible answer must be global. Africa cannot be excluded. Vaccinating doctors, nurses and the African population is an act of solidarity and security for all, even for us: only in this way will we be able to stop the spread of the virus and its variants. We need an anti-Covid vaccination plan in Africa. We need more doses. And these doses, then, must become real vaccination “.

The objective of the CUAMM intervention is to bring the vaccine to 51 districts of 6 countries where it is present: Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, for a total population of about 5 million inhabitants.


Founded in 1950, Doctors with Africa CUAMM is the first NGO in the health field recognized in Italy and the largest Italian organization for the promotion and protection of the health of African populations. It carries out long-term projects with a view to development, intervening with this approach, even in emergency situations, to guarantee quality services accessible to all. Today Doctors with Africa CUAMM is involved in 8 countries of sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) with about 3,000 European and African operators; supports 23 hospitals, 127 districts (for public health activities, maternal and child care, the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis).

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