The second international workshop of the managers of the laboratories of the DREAM program in Africa concluded last week in Maputo. A group of biologists and lab technicians who manage the implementation of quality systems in eight of the largest laboratories of the DREAM program were present at the workshop. The purpose of the event, which was financed by the Italian Episcopal Conference, was yet another occasion to confront each other, share challenges and experiences and find common solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the laboratories. (. . .)
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Over the course of August the first open day of the DREAM center “Elard Alumando” took place in Mandala, Blantyre. Malawi’s Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi was present, as well as many partners and collaborators of the DREAM Program in Malawi.
The day was an occasion to demonstrate to all of the stakeholders of the DREAM Program its main activities and the available resources (both in terms of equipment and human resources) which it can provide for the country and its partners, as well as the results that the Program wishes to achieve in the near future. (. . .)
DREAM was present at the International AIDS Society 2017 Conference in Paris.
The conference saw more than 6,000 professionals employed all over the world in the fight against the HIV infection. The results obtained with the treatment over the last few years were cause of great enthusiasm, with more than 50% of HIV-positive people all over the world following therapy.
On Friday 21 July a conference took place in Kinshasa in the PNLS room (National AIDS Control Program), called “Sharing the experience of the DREAM activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS”.
The idea originated from the growing interest of the National Program, responsible for taking charge of the HIV patients, towards the DREAM experience, which shows excellent retention statistics also in the DRC. (. . .)
Improving access to health services, especially in view of the treatment of the HIV virus, paying particular attention to teens and women. This was the subject discussed during the important conference held on 22 June in Maputo, with the participation of “Champions for an AIDS-free generation in Africa” – former African statesmen who dedicated themselves to this important aspect of healthcare and who were able to bring substantial improvements to the field, thanks to their good governance during their mandate. (. . .)
On 19 June 2017 at the “Giovanni Paolo II” Nutritional Center the first Community Vegetable Garden opened, promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio in collaboration with Slow Food.
The project was made possible through the Sichem and Efraim Communities of Olgiate Olona, a town in the Italian municipality of Varese, which organized on 29 April a master class for charity: “4000 meatballs for Malawi”, together with a Malawian biologist from DREAM. (. . .)