NGOs are there, where they have always been and where they have always chosen to be: next to the weakest, where they are most needed, in the “last mile” of the most difficult situations, in the poorest countries or at war or where climate disasters create pockets of poverty, in distant parts of the world where community and health situations are much more fragile than here.
And there are also in Italy. Often silent, without many proclamations.
Once again we are forced to respond to the smear campaign against NGOs, based on the bad faith of resentful web haters who always have to find scapegoats for events they are unable to understand, let alone manage.
And so even people who have all the tools to verify the reliability of what they write, such as well-known journalists, wonder where the NGOs are in this health emergency which, we would like to remind you, is a global pandemic.
The most important and well-known NGOs, from Emergency to Médecins Sans Frontières to Intersos, have already given answers to those who asked this question publicly and speciously.
But in addition to the more well-known acronyms, the whole world of NGOs is mobilizing and giving all possible help to respond in the most useful way to the health emergency.
And they pay the consequences firsthand, as happened to Dr. Gino Fasoli, a retired doctor, who had collaborated with Emergency and Doctors Without Borders, who returned to service to help colleagues treat people suffering from Covid-19. As is happening to many friends and colleagues who work in NGOs and who we know are engaged on the front lines, whose evolution in their state of health we follow with apprehension.
Even the NGOs of the LINK2007 Network have mobilized for the health emergency in Italy. Most to guarantee the material and equipment necessary for the hospitals most affected by the emergency (CESVI for the Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo WeWorld-GVC for the hospitals in Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Liguria, AMREF, CCM and CIAI have moved jointly for the hospitals of Milan, Turin and Rome, where they have their main offices) but also to make their skills and experience available for the most fragile people (Intersos with a program in favor of the homeless in Rome , CIAI with a psychological support desk for families with children).
All of this while continuing to work, despite the enormous difficulties associated with the measures taken to contain the virus, in all the countries of the world where they are active alongside the poorest and most vulnerable communities and the national health authorities.
There are NGOs and they are always close to those who need them most.
They have always had, and still have, the sole objective of wanting to guarantee care, respect for rights, attention, to everyone, without discrimination of any kind, always putting those who need it most first, as happens in any emergency room .