VISIT TO THE STATE OF BURUNDI
(4-14 May 2012)
Greeted on arrival by officials of the Government of Burundi, led by 'Ambassador H.E.The Chief of Cabinet Dr. Toyi, we were able to immediately appreciate the kindness with which the Government of Burundi, grasped the opportunity of our presence, to give hope to many useful projects for the State and its people.
After the interviews and television coverage, we initiated by a constructive visit and promising for collaborative activities that had come to propose no coincidence as where in line wit the Governments needs.. The previous contact with the Embassy in Rome, had allowed us to focus a good approximation of the most urgent needs.
Meetings with Ministers and their officials of the Government in power and a second meeting with the Vice President of the Republic, made it possible to deal with concrete projects on creation of a university hospital in the province of Gitega (the most populated with about 800,000 inhabitants) . After having viewed the land on which the teaching hospital will be built and verified the location and logistics policy, including the possible recall that this structure may have on neighboring states, has agreed to give fast course all that is necessary to allow the construction of the structure in the shortest possible time.
We then went to visit the government hospital "Prince Charles" of Bujumbura, meeting with doctors and patients.
There is no comment that may be done, everything fails. The assistance that is provided is the result of good will and very little else.The medical equipment available to the operators are almost non-existent and those few that existed had serious need of maintenance which are not available.
A first intervention of the 'Ecumenical Order, having learned that patient care in Burundi is delivered only if the patient has health card , what in fact excludes the poorest, thus the Ecumenical Order has donated 1500 cards of which 1000 for the poor and 500 to the orphans . It is foreseen that a supplement 3500 cards will be purchased at a later date.
At the same time the Ecumenical Order has commited itself for the additional health cards,but also to find some of the medical equipment needed and other necessacities needed at the Hospital such as more operating tools to fight diseases, in particular taking into consideration the rise of AIDS.
We then visited the Government Orphanage which houses orphans aged between two weeks of life and 10/11 years.
Small creatures lovingly assisted, but no means, comfortable environments are essential for their very young age.
Our sensitivity has been shaken. You could not leave those children without giving them immediately, not only hope but practical help and warm love . And so, in addition to the 500 health cards purchased for them, steps were taken, with personal commitment of our Ambassador at Large , the replacement of an old vehicle no longer able to function, whose inability to use, The Prince Grand Master agreed for the purchase of further two cows to give fresh milk to the children, and anew generator.
Together with all that has been done, we proposed to provide further and continuously to the needs of the orphanage and decided to take it under our patronage.There is need od so much, therefore, in future, for any need the orphanage may have we will in accordance with the Goverment . One must make a special effort to thank GOD of the blessings we have and find a simple way to help these people. A Health card for one year costs about US$ 33.00 , think................