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    The sequence in the short report refer to Mr. Bernard Arcons most spectacular initiative in?

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    The sequence in the short report refer to Mr. Bernard Arcons most spectacular initiative in favour of the 58,000 refugees from Portuguese Guinea who found asylum in the Casamance region of Senegal. This concerns the establishment of an ambulant medical service organized with the assistance of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the League of Red Cross Societies.

    A Swiss nurse visits one of the villages and is met by two mothers with sick children.

    In another village the people are called together by the village drummer. The young are examined for signs of bilbarzia, a tropical disease that is carried by the water in which the people wash. It seriously weakens the victims and leaves them practically without energy. The children hard over samples of their urine which are immediately examined under the microscope by the nurse and a Senegaiese helper. One of the young girls has traces of the sickens and the nurse warns her that she will have to follow treatment.

    In another village a French nurse visits a seriously sick patient and gives him his weekly injection. In another but she looks after a very ill young woman suffering from tuberculosis. The whole family, as is the custom in Africa, looks on. Later, the nurse distributes anti-malaria pills to the children and gives them milk to drink.

    A Canadian nurse has organized courses for young refuges volunteers in simple first aid.

    Thus, thanks to an initiative taken by Mr. Arcens, a whole region could be made safer and healthier for refugees and population alike. The teams cover about 60,000 kms. of bush roads in a year.

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