Echt ongelooflijk dat jullie zich zo inzetten voor zo een mooi goed doel! Goed bezig mannen!Eva de Roo – Warmste Week 2018
Project SSMW has a long tradition at the Royal Military Academy. The final-year students organise various activities inside and outside the school, for pupils and non-pupils, in order to collect money for one charity. This year, they’ve chosen the Belgian Muco Association.
The Belgian MUCO Association is the only national association dedicated to people with MUCO. Their aim is to give these people a better and longer life. They do this by supporting families, providing information, defending interests and supporting scientific research.
What is SSMW?
Dare to take on responsibility. Approach every obstacle as a new way to grow and to develop yourself in the best leader you can be.Grand Caque 2018-2019
Project SSMW is a charity project of final-year students in Social and Military Sciences (SSMW) at the prestigious Royal Military Academy.
At this internationally acclaimed military university, young men and women are transformed into fully-fledged, highly trained officers within four or five years. Afterwards, they put themselves at the service of the nation and take command of a platoon of some thirty soldiers in the Belgian armed forces.
During their training, students at the Royal Military Academy are trained academically, athletically, militarily and character-wise.
In the academic part they follow a bachelor and a master course in Social and Military Sciences or Polytechnics (civil engineer). This course is fully supported by the Bologna Accords and attracts dozens of students from other military universities around the world every year. Recently, even students from the prestigious West Point in the United States have joined in.
In the sports section, students are prepared for the sometimes heavy physical activities they will have to perform in their later careers. Whether they train for a job as a para-commando or as an F16 pilot, a good physical condition can mean the difference between failure and success. With a minimum of five hours of sport per week and extensive coaching and medical guidance, the students are given every opportunity to develop themselves into true athletes.
When civilian students get their long-deserved vacation, the RMA students leave on a military exercise. For about two months a year, they learn the basics of military work. They start with drill lessons and handling weapons, then gradually build up to working at section and platoon level. They conclude their training with a large-scale exercise in the Moroccan desert, where they are given command of a full platoon on vehicles and have to deal correctly with the situations that arise, ranging from talks with local village elders to hugely realistic simulations of military attacks.
Finally, the character-wise part teaches the pupils how to behave as future platoon commander. Under the motto: “Leading by example”, they learn very early on in the training to commit themselves to a wide variety of projects inside and outside the Royal Military Academy. In order to honour their commitment to Belgium and its population, the students set up Project SSMW a long time ago: A charity project that allows them to show for the first time that they are truly committed to a better, more prosperous and safer Belgium.
Project SSMW is therefore a charity project in which final-year students SSMW are committed to the Belgian population. By organising about twenty events throughout a full year, they try to raise as much money as possible in order to make a difference to the project they have chosen.
These activities can take all forms: From informative conferences to raise awareness about MUCO to a cosy and warm Christmas market and from cosy parties to more fun activities and a real shooting day with professional guidance.
What is MUCO?
Mucoviscidose or MUCO (cystic fibrosis) is the most common life-threatening disease in Belgium. The disease is hereditary. In our country about 1.320 people are known to suffer from this disease. 1 in 20 Belgians is a carrier of the disease, but is not ill themselves. MUCO only occurs when a child inherits the mucogene from both parents. Every ten days a child with MUCO is born in our country!
The most common problems are recurrent respiratory infections, pneumonia, mucus that is difficult to cough up, abdominal pain and other digestive problems. It therefore does not only affect the lungs, but can affect several organs. MUCO is a very complex disease which is also very heterogeneous in its appearance.
For more info about Mucoviscidose, you can visit the website of the Belgian MUCO Association.
How is MUCO treated?
The care people with MUCO receive in Belgium is of excellent quality. The current treatment works and new insights and treatments can prevent or alleviate symptoms and complications even better. This will improve the life expectancy and health of people suffering from MUCO and make it possible for them to live longer and better.
Despite this good care, the disease is still incurable and there are still many unresolved questions and problems. Our project can make a great contribution by raising funds for research into these unsolved questions.
The treatment you need to follow when you have muco is also difficult and demanding. People with muco spend up to four hours a day on their treatment, not to cure, but to alleviate and prevent symptoms wherever possible. They must always remember and take it into account when planning their day. The treatment of cystic fibrosis is time-consuming and energy-consuming and requires a multidisciplinary approach involving doctors with different specialties.
For some time now, the first medicines capable of treating the cause of the disease have been developed. Unfortunately, these are not yet available to all people with mucoidosis.
Examples of treatments are the following: aerosol therapy, kalydeco, physiotherapy, antibiotics, nasal irrigation, nutrition and digestion, modulators, transplantation, sport and exercise. This last treatment (sport and exercise) has a direct link with our own training at the Royal Military Academy. Sport is one of the four pillars on which you will be assessed during your training.