SOLIDARITY: FLYING TO AFRICA TO GIVE BACK LIGHT TO 2000 PERSONS

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Rome – 21 November, 2008

On the 23rd of November the 10th edition of the humanitarian mission “Giving back Light” begins: the ’AFMAL (Fatebenefratelli Association for distant unhealthy people), Alenia Aeronautica and the Italian Air Force together against blindness in Mali. As of today nearly 17.000 medical examinations and 3000 eye operations have been made.

Doctors, nurses, friars, volunteers and pilots together again for the tenth edition of “Giving back Light”. The aid mission will take place from November 23rd until December 6th in Mali, in the Sub-Sahara Africa, to treat the eye diseases of the inhabitants of one of the poorest areas of the Sub-Sahara region.

A C-27J transport aircraft, whose utilisation has been offered by Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, will carry three operating rooms and three medical and paramedical teams coming form the Fatebenefratelli hospitals in Rome; a Spanish medical team and a medical team of the Italian Air Force. A first team will go back to Gao, a small town on the Niger river, where the last years missions have led to operate and examine thousands of persons. The other medical team will stop in Mopti, a small town also located in the centre of Mali near the Falesia of Bandiagara, the Dogons’ region.

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