IMA for Médecins Sans Frontières and Bimbo Tu

We are sharing, once again, the celebration of the Festive Season by giving

This year the IMA Group is contributing to two projects: the construction of a container-based modular hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Médecins Sans Frontières) and the purchase of an electromagnetic neuronavigator for the Brain Surgery Department of Bologna's Bellaria Hospital (Bimbo Tu O.n.l.u.s.). A contribution to support two important initiatives and to welcome the coming festivities with a note of solidarity. 


Médecins Sans Frontières 
Construction of a container-based modular hospital in Port-au-Prince

Scope of the intervention
This is an intervention in response to the ongoing emergency in Haiti, which was already very serious even before the earthquake on 12 January 2010. There is still an enormous need for orthopaedic and general surgery (the earthquake destroyed 60% of the existing medical structures) and forecasts talk about the situation getting worse. Médecins Sans Frontières felt that a rapid and effective response was needed to improve access to care and to increase the capacity to provide hospital care for those in need of emergency surgery.

Objectives of the project
The main objective of the project is to provide emergency orthopaedic and general surgery in an instable urban context with much of the population excluded from decent emergency treatment. A container-based hospital turns out to be the best solution to fill the void while hospitals are being rebuilt as it can be installed rapidly and provides a high level of quality. The project envisages 250 containers on a plot of land of around 9,000 square metres, which will permit a complete first-aid service and a number of pre- and post-operating rooms, including rehabilitation. There will also be psychological and social assistance available for patients and the people accompanying them with support structures and services. The project is expected to last for three years.

Beneficiaries of the project
The entire population of Port-au-Prince (around 3.5 million inhabitants) will be able to use the new hospital, above all those living in very poor areas who need emergency surgery. The hospital staff should be able to carry out around 130 surgical operations per month.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was founded in 1971 by a small group of doctors and journalists who believed that everyone should have access to emergency relief. MSF was one of the first non governmental organizations to provide urgently needed medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it helps. Today MSF is an international medical humanitarian movement with national sections in 19 countries. In 2009, over 30,000 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 75 countries. In 2009, MSF medical teams gave 7.509.512 outpatient consultations; delivered 110.236 babies; treated 1.1 million people for malaria; treated 195.421 malnourished children; provided 190.254 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; vaccinated 7.9 million people against meningitis; and conducted 49.680 surgeries. The key to MSF’s ability to act independently in response to a crisis is its independent funding. In 2009 ninety-nine percent of MSF-Italy's funding came from private sources, not governments. Latest areas of intervention are in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Niger, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Chad, Nigeria, South Africa Republic.

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Bimbo Tu
Bologna - Italy
Electromagnetic neuronavigator
for the Brain Surgery Department of Bologna's Bellaria Hospital

Scope of the intervention
Among recent technological innovations to assist interventions involving the central nervous system, of prime importance are the computerised methods of interoperative image-guided surgery. These methods, commonly known as "neuronavigation", allow the surgeon to look at a screen in the operating theatre and to know, moment by moment, the exact location of the surgical instruments within the operative field in relation to the neuroradiology images obtained previously. There are various advantages and fields of application for paediatricians: the new systems of neuronavigation are more flexible and can also be used on very small patients. 

Objectives of the project
The acquisition of a new electromagnetic neuronavigator will make it possible:
- to extend the use of neuronavigation methods to all paediatric patients, even those only a few months old;
- to carry out many surgical procedures with greater precision, safety and reliability;
- to extend the possibility of using neuronavigation in operations that previously could not have this support.
The advantages are immediate and secure in terms of practicality, the patient's safety and the tranquillity of the medical staff. 

Beneficiaries of the project
The beneficiaries of the new electromagnetic neuronavigator will be children, even those only a few months old, affected by tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system and by other grave illnesses and pathologies. 

The Associazione Bimbo Tu O.n.l.u.s. was created in 2007 and carries on its activities inside the Paediatric Brain Surgery Department of Bologna's Bellaria Hospital. The purpose of this non-profit association is to provide material, logistic, moral, psychological and economic help, assistance and support, both directly and indirectly, to the children and families of children affected by tumours of the central and peripheral nervous system and by other grave encephalo-bone marrow and craniovertebral illnesses and pathologies of a malformational, genetic, traumatic or vascular nature, infective or otherwise, especially if invalidating, chronic or such as to require prolonged therapies and assistance.

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