Representative of CORREB on the Steering Committee
I am a Salesian of the Visitation and a former missionary. We have long worked in congregations to help our sisters in Africa cope with the cost of their health care. That’s how we wanted to create a group at EMI four or five years ago. The latter allows us to centralize the health care declarations of our sisters, wherever they are (in Kinshasa or in more remote missions, especially outside the DRC). We had the choice of section, since there are several in Africa, but we opted for centralization in Belgium. I was appointed leader of the group, being a nurse and familiar with the difficulties related to health care on the African continent.
The IMS, based on solidarity among all its members, operates all over the world. Members’ contributions vary depending on the cost of care in the country and the country’s standard of living. We have sisters who, fortunately, have never needed medical care since we joined. But some of them, following a serious health problem, benefit from a hospitalization almost 100% as well as regularly reimbursed health care, for example during a serious chronic illness. This is solidarity!