// Friday January 31st, 2020 // Category: report

A short technical-logistics mission to Madagascar has just ended with the dual objective of organizing and directing the maintenance and careening of the Elpis ship and of organizing the scheduled healthcare activity as soon as the works are completed.

The repair, careening and complete repainting of the ship were entrusted to a shipyard in Helle Ville in Nosy Be (Mr Remi Tomboravo Tomboarivo) and are carried out taking advantage of the vast excursions of the tide, sometimes even 4 meters, working on the submerged part of the hull when the ship remains aground. Unconventional system but the same efficient one, which however will extend the works for about two months.

During the mission, the planning and organization of the next health activity in Madagascar was also planned, which will focus on helping the most marginalized and needy populations living in disadvantaged areas of the country, in harmony with the spirit that has always animated the realization of the Elpis ship.

In fact, immediately after the end of the works and the rainy season, the Elpis ship will move to Nosy Mitsio, an island about 25 miles from Madagascar, where about 2000 people live in precarious conditions, without electricity, without water and with health represented by a hut / infirmary where a single doctor, without means, can only have his knowledge to cure typhoid, malaria, various infections, neoplasms etc .. We have been asked to intervene in this context, and after an inspection carried out to evaluate the possibilities to anchor the ship, agreements were made with the village leaders and the transfer of Elpis was agreed during the month of April.

A health and epidemiological screening program of the whole population will be carried out, with multi-specialist care, an adequate infirmary will be set up and supplied with drugs and equipment and training will be carried out with respect to the local health personnel. The data collected in a final report will then be communicated to the Malagasy government in compliance with the health cooperation agreement already entered into for some time.

This activity will be carried out in partnership with the “Help for Optimism” H4O association which has already started the construction of a water network on the island for some time and with another French association that will take care of the nutrition aspect of the population and the teaching of techniques of cultivation respecting the local environmental balance.
This project is expected to engage the Elpis ship and the association for a period of one to two months, after which the ship will move to other locations with the same characteristics of necessity and which have already requested their intervention.
Giancarlo Ungaro

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