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Priest Franco Delpiano
Born on March 30 ͭͪ 1930, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Priest Franco Delpiano followed since 1969 the Operation Mato Grosso. In 1970 he came to São Julião Hospital, in Campo Grande, where he infused his service creating the Association of Assistance and Recuperation of Leprous. He went back to Italy, from where came the news that he was very ill. Priest Franco came to Brasil in 1972 to say goodbye to his friends and patients at the Hospital. He died on May 29 ͭͪ on the same year.

A group of volunteers – Mato Grosso Operation

Mato Grosso Operation:
true volunteering

Mato Grosso Operation is a designation of solidarity and work initiated by Italian volunteers, today linked to the Association OASI from Turim.

The social awareness before the hard reality in several countries motivated constant trips of youngsters to Brazil. In Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, the work started in1969 still in the old leprosarium.


The volunteers’ work through the years changed completely the abandoned asylum-colony and originated a maintaining association that contributed decisively to transform the place into the most modern hospital complex of Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul.

Nowadays São Julião Hospital still receives Italian youths to give assistance to different kinds of work, once predicted by the Priest Franco Delpiano.

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