The Maria Bonino Foundation was established in 2006 to continue the work of a paediatrician born in Biella (Italy), Maria Bonino, who died in Africa in 2005 from the Marburg virus, after a life entirely devoted to the care of African children.
Those who knew and loved her are left with an infinite sorrow, relieved only by the awareness that the best way to remember her is to continue her work in support of the children she loved and cared for.
For everyone Maria is an example of humanity and generosity, which the Foundation celebrates by identifying, supporting and promoting projects that aim to relieve suffering of the African populations plagued by poverty and disease, first of all the youngest children in need of care.
Among the first objectives that the Maria Bonino Foundation has set is the adoption of intervention protocols in our country that make the necessary clinical tests accessible, and enable a possible repatriation for those who, having contracted a highly contagious disease in a foreign country, cannot be guaranteed locally an adequate treatment.
Special guidelines for an inter-ministerial protocol were in fact defined just after the difficulties dramatically emerged in the attempt to transfer Maria Bonino from Angola to Italy.
The measures taken proved crucial in saving the life of an Italian doctor infected in Sierra Leone with Ebola, the disease that spread rapidly in West Africa between 2014 and 2015.