AIDE-EWA, Present and Future

 

 

 

Ana Miotti Königsberg

 

This essay is something that has been requested from the director and president of OSI Foundation, an excellent person and a great professional in her work, Mirta A. Acero, which of course, I have not been able to refuse, and it undoubtedly represents an honor, since it means a tribute to and recognition of the founder and soul of the organization AIDE-EWA -Giuliano Miotti Königsberg- and all the years he dedicated to the realization of humanitarian aid projects.

Although they fill me with pride, these lines that I am going to write are the ones that produce in me the most sadness, and those that I would have never wanted to write.

AIDE-EWA was founded in 1989 in Treviso (VI) Italy, and in 1992 Giuliano moved to Spain, specifically Gerona. Almost all of his humanitarian work was carried out in Southeast Asia, mainly in Laos, for many reasons which I will write about on another occasion. Giuliano carried that distant country in his heart; indeed, he felt more Laotian than Italian, and he could not bear to see people suffer, so he turned to Laos, with myself alongside him. We were a great team.

Almost twenty years ago, our paths crossed, precisely thanks to AIDE-EWA. At that time, I worked in a German multinational medical equipment firm, and Giuliano, as VP and Technical Director of AIDE-EWA, needed an offer of medical equipment. Since then we have never separated until five months ago, when he undertook a new adventure, this time alone, and went to Heaven.

Our journey continued mainly in Laos and, as it is a complicated country, it is difficult to carry out large projects there, so we limited ourselves to small gestures, which was what really reached people. We focused on the most vulnerable population: children and the elderly. We collaborated with a hospital and financed the operations of children suffering from thalassemia and visual problems; we visited orphanages, distributed antibiotics and vaccines, prostheses for those affected by antipersonnel mines, etc.

As for Laos, many people do not know that during the Vietnam War, the tonnage of bombs dropped in Indochina was more than double the amount dropped by the United States and the United Kingdom in Europe during the Second World War.

Now thanks to OSI Foundation, president Mirta A. Acero has given me the possibility to continue with his legacy, and to be able to count on it, with all his excellent team of great professionals but most importantly with their great humanitarianism, so hard to find today.

I am sure, because I knew him very well, that Giuliano would not miss this for anything in the world. If you have noticed the AIDE-EWA logo, which by the way is a design of its own, you will see that it is a sphinx surrounded by stars, each one of them guiding each one of us in this new stage of life. And I can assure you that he would be proud of all of us.

I thank you all very much for giving me this wonderful opportunity to pay tribute so that you might continue with your legacy at AIDE-EWA.

Now I want to go deeper into the work carried out by AIDE-EWA. As I said, it was founded in 1989. From the first moment, he specialized in architecture, engineering and execution of social development projects in countries that did not belong to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).

Throughout its long history, AIDE-EWA has focused its activity on aspects of education, environment, civil protection, alternative energy, and rural electrification. For this, an initial project, the development plan and its execution were previously carried out in the chosen area.

Management of financing has always been an important factor for AIDE-EWA’s support of different projects. Based on the commercial treaties signed by Spain, AIDE-EWA has always examined and applied, in each specific case, the financial formula most appropriate to the characteristics of the offer, either in consensus with the OECD with export credit insurance, through FAD credits (Development Assistance Fund), or with mixed credits.

AIDE-EWA has collaborated with multilateral financial entities such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Economic Community. Development Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, United Nations Environment Program, and the World Health Organization, among others. AIDE-EWA is an NGO that has acquired a more diversified and geographically varied experience. That is why Guiliano was able to take his projects to South and Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Eastern countries and Asia.

The basis of action of AIDE-EWA is health. Later I will talk about other sectors in which it has intervened. Within the health sector, we have always struggled to achieve maximum quality and satisfaction. The action of AIDE-EWA can be summarized in four sections:

General services: food and diet, laundry, morgue, autopsy room.

Central services: diagnostic imaging, radiological accessories, sterilization, laboratory equipment, operating room and delivery rooms, rehabilitation. Special services: pediatrics and neonatology, ICU, cardiology, pneumatology, gyneco-obstetrics.

General consultations: odontostomatology, ophthalmology, ENT, urology, nephrology.

Parallel to these services, everyday materials such as syringes, gloves, sutures, catheters, gauze, and probes are essential for the supply of this fungible material that AIDE-EWA extended to users with two fundamental objectives:

1. Make supplies directly to departments of health ministries and hospitals in order to meet their usual needs.

2. Incorporate this type of material together with the supply of hospital equipment, which guarantees the perfect integration and operation of the equipment, enabling immediate start-up after installation.

The principles of cooperation by which AIDE-EWA has been governed since its foundation in 1989 can be summarized as follows:

The human being as objective of development aid. The recognition of the human being as an individual, which has its main role in a group of individuals, is considered the goal of cooperation for development policies.

Rights and freedoms; without discretion. The defense and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, peace, democracy and equal participation of citizens, with the same rights for men and women and, in general, the eradication of discretion due to gender, race, culture, religion and respect for diversity.

Promote sustainable, participatory and equitable development for men and women. The need to promote global human development, which is also independent, participatory, sustainable and equitable for men and women, in order to guarantee and boost the efficiency and coherence of development cooperation policies that aim at the eradication of poverty in the world.

Promote equitable economic growth. The promotion of sustained and lasting economic growth of the countries, supported by a series of measures that promote the equitable redistribution of wealth to favor the improvement of living conditions and access to sanitation, education and cultural services, as well as better welfare of populations.

Respect for international commitments. Respect for collegial relationships adopted in the heart of international organizations.

The main objectives of AIDE-EWA are summarized in the following points:

1. Promote economic and social development.

2. Contribute to security and peace.

3. Promote humanitarian aid.

4. Promote relations with countries that wish to cooperate.

5. Reduce poverty levels.

6. Environmental conservation.

7. Coverage of basic social needs: basic social service, with special attention to health, health education, food aid and human resources training.

8. Development of education, research and cultural identity.

9. Infrastructure and productive system development.

10. Protection of the environment.

11. Social participation, consolidation of institutions and correct government practices.

Regarding the institutional level, AIDE-EWA has carried out the following actions:

Social implementation: Work has always been the source for the determined contribution of a free and responsible society to solve the challenges posed by a world still with abysmal inequalities, with pervasive social deprivations.

Voluntary promotion: It is a fundamental part of every social association to promote solidarity volunteering. All of them must be trained so that they can carry out their social mission. Programs should also be created to encourage in volunteers a sense of responsibility and social participation. With this we develop the abilities of the youngest individuals for their future work.

Partners: It is a fundamental principle to strengthen cooperation and friendship relationships in the search for solutions. All this allows an institutional approach to the different realities of the countries and sectors in which one works.

Development cooperation: Implementation has been carried out in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. The objective is to maintain these cooperation routes and expand them.

Promotion education and cultural development: Training is the best investment to generate social wealth.

Specific programs: Equality of opportunities and access of women in decision-making should continue to be promoted. It is also necessary to promote relief actions for Alzheimer’s patients and those with dementia, as well as vaccination in Third World countries and the fight against antipersonnel mines.

This is the ideology and the action carried out by AIDE-EWA since its foundation in 1989. And now what? Despite the death of Giuliano Miotti Königsberg, much social work remains to be done in the world. Too many people need us to keep going. We do not want to forget it. That is why we will renew the acronym, but not the spirit of our ONGD. Soon AIDE-EWA will be renamed Giuliano Königsberg European Social Association (GKESA).

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