Ambassador Barbier meets with the community of Sant’ Egidio [fr]
On Thursday, May 28, H.E. Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier met with representatives of the community of Sant’ Egidio to discuss their activities in South Africa and in the region.
Founded in Rome (Italy) in 1968, the Community of Sant’Egidio is present in South Africa since 2008 and currently has about 200 members. It is active in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Polokwane, amongst others. The Community of Sant’Egidio provides food to homeless people on a daily basis and organizes Christmas lunches for homeless people each year.
Sant’Egidio is also known for its engagement in promoting humanitarian action and peace and fraternity among peoples. Ms Querisha Southon, representative of St Egidio in South Africa, and Mr. Elard Alumando, a board member of Sant’Egidio from Malawi, told the Ambassador more about two of their global programmes: the DREAM (Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition) Project and the BRAVO (Birth Registration for All versus Oblivion) Programme.
The DREAM project was launched in sub-Sahara Africa in 2002 to fight HIV/AIDS and malnutrition, by combining prevention and pharmacological treatment. The programme is currently present in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. As part of this programme, Sant’Egidio runs clinical centers and molecular biology laboratories within public institutions or privately owned structures, included in the public health network. In Malawi, Total and the Fondation Total France are partnering with Sant’Egidio in order to provide solar power to the DREAM clinical centers and laboratories. Since last year, two solar power installations have been provided to the DREAM center in Balaka.
The Birth Registration for All versus Oblivion (BRAVO) Programme aims at facilitating the birth registration of children in developing countries, in cooperation with the concerned Government ministries and departments, by assisting in building capacity of the civil registration systems and educating parents and children. In Southern Africa, the BRAVO Programme is run in Mozambique and Malawi.
More information: www.santegidio.org/pageID/158/langID/en/BRAVO_Programme.html.
Ms Querisha Southon and Mr. Elard Alumando also reported from a meeting of the communities of Sant’Egidio of Pretoria and Johannesburg that took place on May 27 under the theme “Together in Peace: United against Xenophobia”: www.santegidio.org/pageID/3/langID/en/itemID/12376/Together_in_Peace_United_against_Xenophobia_in_South_Africa.html