We arrived in Port Sudan in 2011 to provide paediatric care in a very poor area, where there were no healthcare facilities for a population of around 800,000 people. A programme of vaccinations, carried out in collaboration with the local Ministry of Health, allows the children to complete the series of vaccinations envisaged by the international protocols.
In 2014 we opened a new paediatric outpatient department. The same year, we launched a preventive medicine programme, co-funded by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Each week, our doctors and nurses go out to the various communities and meeting points in the area to provide hygiene/health education and teach people about preventive measures for their children and their families. They give advice about vaccinations, how to minimise the risk of getting malaria and other infectious diseases and how to have a healthy diet. They also monitor the conditions of sick children receiving treatment; all these activities are helping to improve the general health of children in the communities.
The Port Sudan Paediatric Centre, built with contribution of the MAXXI 2per100 promoted by MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome – has won a prestigious architecture award: the Giancarlo Ius Gold Medal 2013, for the architectural project considered most innovative and sustainable in terms of energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources.