Amici del Mondo World Friends Onlus

Amici del Mondo World Friends is an independent Italian non-profit association of social utility [1] for international cooperation World Friends is a Non-Governmental Organization recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Law no. 125 of 2014 updated to July 16, 2016, registered in the register of ONLUS and the Register of Legal Persons DPR 361. Recognized by the Government of Kenya as a Non-governmental organization (NGO), [2] in 2011 obtained the same accreditation at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs . Established in 2001, the association has its head offices in Rome and has volunteer-based regional offices inPiedmont , Liguria , Lombardy , Friuli-Venezia-Giulia , Veneto , Emilia-Romagna , Lazio , Sicily . African Office is based in Nairobi .

Aims and values

The aim of World Friends is to contribute to the achievement of the principles established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in all parts of the world, giving priority to fundamental rights for health , housing and education . World Friends’ actions are focused on the African continent and their ultimate goal is to improve health, social and educational conditions in the most disadvantaged populations. Each action taken responds to the needs of local communities, and is undertaken with their full collaboration.

For this reason, the World Friends has taken the decision to live in the city of Nairobi in Kenya as part of the social structure of the area and be able to act as spokesperson for local communities.


World Friends started from an initiative of Gianfranco Morino, a medical doctor with more than 35 years’ experience in Africa. After having collaborated with the Italian Cooperation for Development, in 1991, he was in charge of the program for Health Prevention and Education in the nomadic area of Solo , North Kenya , collaborating with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees . Following work with the European Union in Somalia , in 1994 he began to work in health and education in the towns of Korogocho and Matharein Nairobi. In 2002, he was in charge of the Department of Surgery at Mbagathi Hospital, still in the Kenyan capital, being the only European to work in a state-run hospital.

In 2001, together with a group of friends and collaborators, Morino established “World Friends – Amici del mondo”. The central idea was that of an organization that could properly integrate with the reality of the local population, and that it was able to reach out to these people. To meet the needs of the local people, relying minimally on the services of the personal expatriate.


The objective of all the world’s population is to promote health, education and social development of the most disadvantaged populations in the south of the world. World Friends is active in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, meeting the needs of local people and their full involvement. The ultimate goal remains to encourage self-sufficiency in the communities where the Association works, and it is for this reason that they contribute to their professional activities.

An example of World Friends is the construction of the Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital, a multi-functioning health center opened by World Friends in November 2008 Inauguration of RU Neema Hospital. Situated near the Shanty towns of Nairobi, the hospital treats more than 10,000 patients per month, thanks to a staff of 99% local staff. The Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital is not only for the treatment of the population but also for the training of local medical staff. This action will be taken to consolidate the work of the Mbagathi Hospital and Surgeries located in the Nairobi Shanty towns. In addition to health support, Friends World workers carry out work in the field of health prevention and education, Above All to fight the spread of the HIVvirus. Services offered by the hospital: General Clinical and Maternal-Infant Clinic with Immunization Services, Gynecology and Pediatrics; Maternity Department with operating theater; Diagnosis Center providing laboratory tests, radiography and echography. Accident & Emergency, minor surgery and day hospital; HIV tests and treatments; Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy; Pharmacy; Ambulance service; Center for Professional Training; Pediatrics Department.

Since its inception in 2001, the association has focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals , approved by the 193 member States of the United Nations for World Development, to be awarded within 2015. Today, the new challenge is the Sustainable Development Goalsto the world, a global economic and social sustainability pathway between South and North. Our new goal is therefore the 2030: World Friends will not only continue to work on poverty in the South of the planet, expanding its collaboration with other communities in Africa and Latin America, but will also bring programs and experience in the suburbs of the North of the world, where injustice, inequality and the lack of accentuated.


World Friends works mainly in the sub-Saharan countries of Africa , such as Kenya , Tanzania and Ethiopia . Nairobi, Kenya (Korogocho, Kariobangi, Babadogo, Mathare Valley – Eastleigh, Huruma, Kahawa, Soweto) .around 700,000 people, half of whom are under 15 years of age.

The beneficiaries of World Friends’ projects come from the backgrounds of poverty , violence , criminality , prostitution , the precariousness of housing and work, pollution , diseases. The health problems found by the world health workers are innumerable: gastroenteritis and severe respiratory diseases , especially in children; permanent status of malnutrition and the presence of typhoid fever and malaria . Tuberculosis is in evident recrudescence ; the number of children with physical disabilitiesis high. The diagnosis of ailments requiring surgery and the incidence of cancer – the latter showing a clear increase – is often delayed due to the intrinsic inefficiencies of the health systems in African countries. The lack of specialist services for diagnosis and treatment is available to the poor from the results of traumas and burns, and is often linked to the survival of individuals. The transmission of sexual diseases is very widespread, AIDS in particular being a very real scourge .

Regarding trends for the rest of the city and for the country, access to reproductive health services in the Nairobi slums minimum is: only 15% of the health structures present Provide basic obstetrical support and only 35% of the births are assisted by staff qualified. Maternal mortality in the shanty towns (590 mothers per 100,000 births in 1998) [3] is higher than in any other region in Kenya. The infant mortality rate under 5 years of age (1.565 deaths for every 1000 babies, equal to 15.6%) [4]is higher than that of any other urban settlement in Kenya. Lastly, because the incidence of AIDS is decreasing at the National level, the population is still strongly vulnerable, with 37% of women between 20 and 24 years of age being positive to the infection. [3]


World Friends Center for Global Action Against AIDS, Global Health Center of the Tuscany Region, Since 2016 World Friends is a member of LINK 2007, one of the three national networks. World Friends is part of regional networks that unites profit and non-profit realities, public bodies, universities and experts, thanks to the activities of local offices and volunteers. These localities work to systemize and strengthen local activities of international cooperation, the development of territorial cooperation and awareness raising in Italy. The most active are the Tuscan Forum for International Activities, the Coordination of Piedmont NGOs, the Janua Forum, the Ligurian Network for the Promotion of International Activities. Nairobi’s headquarters and association projects are constantly being organized by international organizations and by volunteers, interns and practitioners. World Friends is a member of several networks including: Hennet – Health NGOs Network, an NGO consortium and Kenyan and international institutions operating in Kenya in the field of healthcare; Action for Children with Disabilities (ACD), Nairobi Child Protection Network (NCPT), Elimu Yetu, Kasarani Genver-Based Violence Forum. a NGO consortium and Kenyan and international institutions operating in Kenya in the field of healthcare; Action for Children with Disabilities (ACD), Nairobi Child Protection Network (NCPT), Elimu Yetu, Kasarani Genver-Based Violence Forum. a NGO consortium and Kenyan and international institutions operating in Kenya in the field of healthcare; Action for Children with Disabilities (ACD), Nairobi Child Protection Network (NCPT), Elimu Yetu, Kasarani Genver-Based Violence Forum.


In addition to the realities involved in the projects at local level in Italy and Africa, World Friends’ main partners are the following:

  • Africa Rafiki
  • Caritas Antoniana
  • Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli [5]
  • Fondazione Ivo de Carneri
  • European Commission
  • Conferenza Episcopal Italiana
  • Rome Municipality
  • Regione Toscana and ASL 7
  • Medici for the Pace di Verona
  • Oxfam Italia
  • Fondazione Engera
  • Department for Youth Policies and Sporting Activities
  • Cuore Amico Foundation (Brescia) [6]
  • International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC) – (United States)
  • Trentino Autonomous Province of Trento
  • Piedmonte Region
  • Università Campus Bio-Medico
  • Università Bocconi
  • University of Cattolica di Milano
  • University College of Utrecht
  • Università degli Studi di Siena
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi | Archdiocese of Nairobi
  • Kajiado County Hospital
  • Ngong Sub-County Hospital
  • Urafiki Center Foundation
  • Zam Zam Medical Services
  • Kenya Ministry of Health
  • Nairobi and Kajiado Regional Health Departments
  • Ministry of Education of Kenya
  • Municipal Department of Education (Nairobi)
  • Children’s Department
  • Ministry of Children, Kenyan Equal Opportunities and Social Development
  • African Cultural Research and Education Foundation (ACREF)
  • Kariobangi Parish
  • African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
  • KEMRI (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
  • Slum Film Festival CBO
  • The Action Foundation
  • AAR Beckmann Trust
  • Wings of Compassion
  • WRAP
  • Special Education Professionals (SEP)
  • German Doctors Nairobi
  • Redeemed Gospel Church Health Center
  • Mwangaza Ulio at Tumaini Health Center
  • Provide International
  • National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK)
  • St. Joseph Mukasa Health Center
  • Cordis Mariae Health Center
  • Karibu Afrika Kenya
  • TAG International Development
  • Slum Dunk Onlus
  • SafeCare (PharmAccess Foundation)
  • Health-E-Net
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)
  • Kenya Pediatric Association (KPA).

External links

  • Amici del Mondo World Friends Onlus , official site
  • Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital , official site


  1. Jump up^ According to ItalianMinisterial Decree266/2003, is inscribed on the ONLUS Registry since 12 February 2004.
  2. Jump up^ Acknowledgment obtained on 16 December 2004.
  3. ^ Jump up to:b United Nations Population Fund (2003-10-27). “Country program document for Kenya” . Retrieved 2009-09-30 . dead link ]
  4. Jump up^ Negussie Taffa; G. Chepngeno (2005), “Determinants of Health Care for Children in Nairobi Slums” , Tropical Medicine & International Health , 10 (3): 240-245 , retrieved 2009-09-30
  5. Jump up^ “CISP Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli” (in Italian). Archived from the original on 28 October 2009 . Retrieved 2009-10-16 .
  6. Jump up^ “Associazione Cuore Amico Fraternità Onlus” (in Italian). Archived from the original on 22 November 2009 . Retrieved 2009-10-16 .

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