“Karibu DREAM Matteo” are the heartfelt words that welcomed Msgr. Matteo Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, when on 20 January he visited the health center of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Iringa, Tanzania.
The warm welcome was mirrored by the great affection of Msgr. Zuppi, who was happy and eager to visit every single area and department of the Center. He was happily surprised to see the care given to each environment, great organization, the patient treatment and the professionalism of the operators who explained how the program works. Today, the DREAM program treats 2100 patients in Iringa, and since its beginning in 2009 assisted about 12,000 patients.
The bishop later visited the laboratory of molecular biology, observing the western-standard sophisticated machinery. He then met with the patients under treatment and greeted them saying: “Usually the rich keep the best things to themselves. On the other hand DREAM and the Community of Sant’Egidio, like a mother who wants only the best for her children, shared the best available in Europe. This center, apart from being beautiful, shows the love of the Community for its children in Africa. The operators are not only very good in what they do, but it shows that they care very much for you. We recalled the great work for Peace carried out by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Africa remembering Mozambique and Burundi. That which we see today is a different war, against AIDS. We are here to win this battle together”.
A large cake was served by Msgr. Zuppi with the help of a child and a DREAM activist. Towards the end of the day before a group photo, actually a family photo, the patients gifted a shirt with “Karibu DREAM Matteo” printed on. Welcome to DREAM Msgr. Matteo!