Fr. Anthoni and Br. Babu Madhu: Brothers of Ebola

P. Anthoni e fr. Babu Madhu

P. Anthoni e fr. Babu Madhu

During recent days spent at the ‘Magdalene House’ (Rome) we learnt to know a little better two Camillian religious brothers of ours of the Vice-Province of India: Br. Babu Madhu Vallevijaya (aged 42, the director of Snehakiran in Hyderabad) and Fr. Anthoni Jeorge (aged 41, a professional nurse, the director of Snehasadan, a community that looks after children who are HIV-positive). Two other religious brothers from India will join them at the end of February.

At Rome they were involved – together with other Camillian religious and some experts belonging to the health-care world and connected with the management of emergencies – in an intensive training course organised and coordinated by the Camillian Task Force, prior to their departure for Africa.

On 13 December they left for Sierra Leone where for two months they will coordinate, together with other European volunteers (cf. Anita Ennis, the Vice-President of the Lay Camillian Family), the initiatives to implement the humanitarian mission of the Camillian Order in Makeny (the Camillian Ebola Response Programme), in coordination with the local civil and ecclesial community, in order to restore the Holy Spirit Hospital, the principal health-care pole of a vast geographical level, to acceptable levels. This hospital is called upon to manage in the most organised and scientific way possible the counteroffensive against the Ebola virus, which is devastating the population from a health-care point of view (infections, contagion, deaths), in social terms (the increase in children who are orphans), and at the level of relationships (widespread fear).

To them goes our esteem and gratitude for the fine demonstration of human solidarity and Christian charity that they are offering, with a sober style, a discreet presence, great passion and professional skill.