- Support the research about Avascular Necrosis (AVN), a condition in which the bone “dies” as a result of a loss of circulation to an area of bone tissue; the research will not only advance our understanding of the risk factors for developing AVN, it will also give us a broader understanding of bone cells – potentially allowing us to apply the knowledge gained from this research to other conditions and diseases.
- Support The Precision Medicine Laboratory and the Chief Scientific Officer Fund.
- Creation of the Immunohistology Lab.
Mduku Clinic Doctors Accommodation
The Mduku Clinic was built by Africa Foundation during the 1993-1995 period, in full collaboration with the community and the Department of Health. Prior to its construction, only a fortnightly mobile clinic had served the healthcare needs of this community. The clinic has expanded over the years and is now a 24-hour facility that treats emergencies as well as chronic illnesses. It provides ARV therapy to over 2,000 HIV/AIDS patients, voluntary testing and counselling services. Most recently, Africa Foundation built nurses accommodation on site at the clinic. At the moment, it is fundraising to build a Doctors House, which will then enable the resident Doctor to be allocated to the clinic from the District Hospital. In addition, it will also open up the clinic to the opportunity of an International Doctor Volunteer Programme.
Emurototo Clinic Completion
The Emurototo village is to be found on the escarpment that overlooks the magnificent Maasai Mara national reserve. Emurutoto is currently served by a privately run dispensary – the simplest form of medical service provision. The government has recently started the development of a new clinic within an adjacent site, near to the Emurutoto primary school. To date, they have completed the foundations and the initial laying of the walls. The development was subject to a freeze that affected all Government projects due to the Kenyan elections and consequent Government instability. At present, the County Governor has informed the community that there is not enough public funding to complete the clinic. Africa Foundation offers to support the community by assisting in the completion of the clinic infrastructure and the construction of a Doctors House. The Governor guaranteed that the Department of Health will allocate a Doctor, as well as ongoing clinic equipment and supplies to make the clinic operational.
L’ABILITÀ – Agenda Blu
Agenda Blu is a centre created by the non-profit association L’abilità, which is dedicated to children affected with autism spectrum disorder, based on the Italian Society of Neuropsychiatry guidelines on Autism.
The aim is to ensure an early, intensive and curricular intervention to develop the skills of children and their families.
The intervention is individualised, starting from the needs of each child; furthermore, it involves the family and the school with specific counselling, orienteering and training activities for parents and teachers.
ISTITUTO AUXOLOGICO ITALIANO
Our Foundation supports the Research Project of Dr. Federico Verde of IRCCS Istituto Auxologico italiano, regarding “Biomarker definition in neurodegenerative pathologies, with particular attention to dementias and motor neurone diseases”.
The Research Project, as confirmed by Vincenzo Silani, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology-Stroke Unit and Laboratory of Neuroscience at IRCCS Istituto Auxologico italiano – University of Milan, has important implications for scientific research and the fight against neurodegenerative diseases.
The study of biomarkers will allow to obtain useful information for the diagnosis, for differentiation compared to other diseases and for prognostic stratification. The studies, performed in cooperation with other research centres in Germany, will especially focus on dementias (Alzheimer Syndrome, Frontotemporal degeneration, Dementia with Lewy bodies) as well as on motor neuron diseases.
ORCHESTRA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI) has made a name for itself as one of the leading European orchestras on the international stage. Since the 1930s, it has played a central role in Canton Ticino’s musical development, taking its present name in 1991. Ansermet, Stravinsky, Stokowski, Celibidache and Scherchen are among the great music personalities who directed it. Over the years, many composers collaborated with OSI: Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Honegger, Milhaud, Martin and Hindemith, and in more recent times Berio, Henze and Penderecki.
OSI is one of fourteen professional orchestras currently active in Switzerland. It consists of forty-one permanent musicians and divides its time among many concerts, such as regional concert seasons (RSI concerts, LuganoMusica, Settimane Musicali di Ascona), local outreach events (concerts for schools, family concerts, summer festivals), joint projects with the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, as well as other concerts in different parts of Switzerland and abroad (tours and international co-productions). It works with great names of conductors and with internationally acclaimed lead singers, performing in the most important concert venues.
WOMEN IN MOTORSPORT
with Kessel Racing
The LeMans 24 H Project is an initiative of Kessel Racing. The project sees the participation of a female only team of pilots (“Team Kessel”) to the races of the Le Mans 24H 2019. The three pilots are the swiss, Rahel Frey, the dane, Michelle Gatting, and the italian, Manuela Gostner.
The project aims at the promotion of female roles also in environments, like car races, traditionally reserved to males roles.
Team Kessel has decided to wear the emblem and name of our Foundation in recognition of our commitment to social inclusion policies during the incoming races:
- Monza Grand Prix (11-12 May 2019)
- Le Mans 24H Grand Prix (08-16 June 2019)
- Barcelona Grand Prix (20-21 July 2019)
- Silverstone Grand Prix (31 August – 01 September 2019)
- Spa Grand Prix (21-22 September 2019)
- Portimao Grand Prix (26-27 October 2019)
In honor to the commitment of Kessel Racing and Team Kessel to inclusion policies, our Foundation has decided to celebrate any victory or placement in the first three positions of Team Kessel in the above-mentioned races with a financial contribution to an association, selected by Kessel Racing, dedicated to the support of women in serious financial difficulties or victims of social exclusion.