Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa

by Les Amis de la Saint-Camille
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa
Provide Psychiatric Medications in West Africa

Dear Friends, 

We close out 2021 in gratitude to all of our wonderful supporters of Association Saint Camille (ASC) in West Africa through GlobalGiving. ASC continues to provide mental health treatment to the "forgotten of the forgotten" under the esteemed leadership of Gregoire Ahongbonon. In October 2021 Gregoire was able to travel to the awards ceremony in Italy for the Armenian Foundation celebration of humanitarians. He was given another platform to bring attention to the plight of the mentally ill in French, West Africa.

Funding for medications remains a challenge as does finding donated medications.  This effort will continue in earnest for the foreseeable future.  ASC medication costs are approximately $950,000 USD/year.  Patient fees, farming, and bakery earnings cover a portion.  The majority is covered by grants and donations.       

The medical clinic at the Tokan-Cotonou Center in Benin is well underway.  The services will be free for the patients at ASC and at a reduced cost for the local population.  Services will include general medicine with capability for radiology, cardiology, neurology, and gastrointestinal studies as well as a much needed laboratory.  

Gregoire has been recently notified that he will be a recipient of the Chester Pierce Human Rights Award by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  Gregoire will give a lecture at the APA annual meeting in May 2022.  Thank you again so much for your support of this amazing humanitarian and the work at ASC.  

Sincerely,

Jocelyn Bonner

 

 

 

   

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Dear Supporters!

 

We are grateful for your continued support and goodwill toward the mentally ill in West Africa.  Obtaining a less expensive source of medications remains an active goal.  We are in discussion with a new US based pharmacy and are working hard to make an arrangement come to fruition.   We continue to explore other revenue streams with new partners. 

Great news!  Our founder, Gregoire Ahongbonon has been awarded the 2021 Geneva Human Rights Award in Psychiatry sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association. See the announcement below. This award is further testament to the impact of Association Saint Camille in the region and will influence other programs throughout the world with this far reaching recogntion.  Gregoire will travel to Italy in October to meet the other humanitarians named by the Aurora Foundation. The laureate will be announced at that time.   

More great news! A Beninese psychiatrist is now working on site which is a great advantage for the patients and nurses.  A psychiatrist on site will be a significant advantage for the new Addiction Center when it opens.   The funds have been secured to open it and we look forward to supporting securing addiction - related medications.   

Thanks again.

Jocelyn  

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Gregoire Ahongbonon (left) with 2021 Humanitarians
Gregoire Ahongbonon (left) with 2021 Humanitarians

Dear Supporters,

Please watch the linked brief testimonial and know that your support of the mentally ill at Association Saint Camille (ASC) is very much appreciated. (You may need to download it to Google drive.)  The French version can be found on Brut.  

Gregoire Ahongbonon, founder, continues to do a fabulous job of finding resources when they are scarce.  The pandemic has hit hard in India which is our major supplier of medications.  Diversification of medication supplies and funders is a complex goal that we continue to address rigorously. Treatment has proceeded as usual and a cohort of students (recovered patients) are in nursing training in Burkina Faso to ensure a steady flow of help.   

In April 2021, Gregoire was named an humanitarian by the prestigious Aurora Foundation. Please enjoy the short linked slide show about his life's work. It can be found on the Aurora Foundation website.

Thank you so much.

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Les Amis de la Saint-Camille

Location: Saint-Colomban, QC - Canada
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Sylvain Ratel
Saint-Colomban, QC Canada
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