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T.S.H. the Prince and Princess in Burkina Faso

TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were in Burkina Faso for a friendly working visit on 11 and 12 January 2018.

On Thursday 11 January, the Prince and Princess were greeted at the Presidential Palace by the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and the First Lady, Sika Kaboré.

They received military honours before their audience in the presence of delegations from both countries.

Midmorning, Their Highnesses, accompanied by the Presidential couple, went to the Preschool Education Centre in Saaba, near Ouagadougou in the Province of Kadiogo.

After visiting the classrooms, They witnessed the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the government of Monaco and the NGO Planète Enfant & Développement.

The Prince and Princess also wished to contribute directly to this project through a personal gift of $5,000 to the Centre in Saaba.

In the afternoon, the two Heads of State and their delegations visited the First Company of the National Fire Brigade.

The Principality of Monaco has had a strong commitment to civil protection in Burkina Faso for nearly a decade.

On Friday 12 January, President Kaboré and H.S.H. the Prince and their wives attended the inauguration of the Burkina Faso Red Cross Multipurpose Training Centre in Loumbila.

Together, they visited this 6.5-hectare (160-acre) complex, starting with the Central Pavilion made of containers, with bungalows, photovoltaic field, hydraulic boreholes, market gardening area and the swimming pool / rescue centre for raising awareness to the dangers of drowning with children and adults.

This facility with a semi-Olympic pool was made possible thanks to support from the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

Such programmes as “Water Safety for the Prevention of Drowning” and “Learn to Swim” will be available for the neighbouring 1,000-student secondary school and other establishments in the vicinity.

H.S.H. Princess Charlene attended a demonstration of first-aid gestures with instructors from the Burkina Faso Red Cross.

In the early afternoon, H.S.H. the Prince and President Kaboré went to the Agroserv Industrie SA maize-processing plant in Kossodo, which they started.

At the same time, Princess Charlene and the First Lady were at the Bogodogo Hospital, which opened at the start of the year. Together, they visited the different departments: in particular, the emergency room, maternity ward and neonatology unit, scheduled to open in the coming months.

Princess Charlene also wished to assist in opening this department in person, offering two paediatric incubators, two heat lamps and a grant for acquiring equipment.

Later in the day, after a visit to the Burkina Faso Red Cross headquarters, the Prince and Princess and the Presidential couple met with children receiving aid from Monaco Collectif Humanitaire.

At the end of Their stay in Burkina Faso, T.S.H. the Prince and Princess expressed their gratitude to the President of Burkina Faso and the Burkinabe people for their warm welcome and friendly hospitality.

T.S.H. the Prince and Princess in Burkina Faso