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
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 of Association Saint Camille, 

There has been so much exciting news that we are providing an interim report!  

On May 21, 2022 Gregoire Ahongbonon received the 2022 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Dr. Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award. His work freeing the mentally ill from chains for 30 years was recognized for the first time by a US-based organization.  The Human Rights Award was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. Pierce, a visionary leader in global mental health and Gregoire was the first recipient under his name. He gave a stirring lecture challenging all of us to help stop the human rights abuses of the mentally ill in West Africa. 

Association Saint Camille (ASC), along with university psychologists in Benin, is hosting a scientific conference on the topic of mental health treatment in West Africa Dec 6-9, 2022 in Cotonou.        

In February 2022 a new ASC center opened in Chad!

A residential program for children ages 8 - 18 is planned in Benin.  The land and architectural plans have been secured. The next task will be to fund the building and to staff the program.  

Land has also been promised in Nigeria. More to come on these developments. 

The first Addiction Center in West Africa is planned to open in 2023 - no precise date yet. 

We have launched a new project on GlobalGiving at Gregoire's request in Togo to fund a well.  Project #56074.   

Sourcing modern medications at an affordable price remains a challenge but we are undaunted!  Potential new contacts were made at the APA meeting. Networking is everything! 

Your gifts, care, and attention are very much appreciated.  

Jocelyn

Playing football (soccer) at new Chad center
Playing football (soccer) at new Chad center

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Dr. Ahongbonon, right, consulting with staff
Dr. Ahongbonon, right, consulting with staff

Dear Friends of the mentally ill in West Africa! 

We have several wonderful updates to report! 

Thanks to supporters like you, Association Saint-Camille (ASC) has been able to recently expand into Chad.  Similar conditions are found there where people with mental illness suffer from stigma and lack of adequate care and treatment. 

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new full-time psychiatrist!  Dr. Nicole Ahongbonon, daughter of our founder, Gregoire Ahongbonon, has completed her psychiatry training and will add immensely to the local expertise available to the patients of ASC. 

The Addiction Center in Dassa, Benin, the first in the region, is expected to have a grand opening in 2023! 

Medication costs were raised by our source in India related to supply-chain issues.  However, due to the long-standing and trusting relationship with the leadership of Les Amis de la Saint-Camille a modest reduction was negotiated.  We appreciate their taking into consideration that most patients are unable to pay for services.  

Last, but not least - Gregoire has been named the recipient of the 2022 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Dr. Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award!  To be recognized in the United States by a leading medical association is a great honor and further testimony to what Gregoire has done for over 30 years to bring treatment with dignity to this population.  Gregoire will give a lecture and receive the award on May 21, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA at the APA's annual meeting. 

Please see the links announcing the award and a recent patient testimony. 

Your care and concern for the mental health of those served by ASC are very much appreciated.            

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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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