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13/08/2014

Matola, Moçambique

Kanimambo DIMMS!

Kanimambo, that is to say "Thank You" DIMMS !! July 21st was a special day for the children of the Nutritional Centre of Matola. Andrea Profili and Leonardo Capece of DIMMS, an Italian company operating in Mozambique, came in with a load of school supplies and a television, generously donated to the activities that the Centre carries out with the children of a popular district of Matola.

All the children gathered around the gifts to celebrate and thank with songs and dances.

The material will be used by the children who attend the Escolinha of the Centre and those of the Escola da Paz   (Peace School) animated by the Jovens pela Paz (Youth for Peace) of Matola.

 

Video

Visita di Matteo Renzi al centro DREAM di Maputo
Pacem Kawonga: la forza di un sogno per vincere l'AIDS
Msd e Comunità di Sant'Egidio per ridurre mortalità materna da Hiv
Positively Contagious
by Maite Carpio
 

Press review

DREAM, the acronym for Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition, is a programme based on a holistic approach of treating AIDS in Africa, launched in February 2002 by the Community of St Egidio. 

Today, the programme is present in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, the Republic of Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon... 




16/04/2013

Il Programma DREAM per dare senso a una vita ritrovata. Testimonianza di Cacilda Isabel Massango.

Mi chiamo Cacilda Massango. Sono Mozambicana e ho 36 anni. Sono madre di una bambina di 11 anni . Nell’ottobre del 2002, decisi di sottopormi al test per l’HIV presso l’ospedale Generale di Machava. Per me fu un grandissimo dolore trovarmi davanti al risultato: era positivo! Mi disperai e pensai a tutte le peggiori soluzioni possibili. Quelli furono giorni di sofferenza enorme, perché le informazioni che avevo all’epoca erano che per ogni persona con l’AIDS non c’e’ che la morte. E cosi’, anch’io, come gli altri, aspettavo di morire.


Ma ho avuto la fortuna di incontrare il programma DREAM della Comunita’ di Sant’ Egidio. Per me fu veramente una buona notizia, che cambiò completamente la mia vita. Cominciai così il trattamento antiretrovirale e già dopo pochi mesi mi ripresi, tanto che non avevo più segni della malattia. . Tornai ad essere la protagonista principale della mia vita, una vita reale in cui potevo avere dei sogni e dei desideri. In Mozambico si dice che tornai ad essere “proprietaria del mio naso”. Ho ritrovato la mia dignità e ho scoperto di avere un futuro
Alla fine del 2003, con altre donne positive, e in trattamento antiretrovirale, decidemmo di fondare l’Associazione Eu DREAM, una rete di donne e uomini che aiutano altri pazienti a fare bene il trattamento.
Sono orgogliosa di essere stata una delle prime attiviste, in un periodo di grande lotta, quando alla malattia si accompagnavano la discriminazione e lo stigma, e di poter dare il mio contributo soprattutto alle madri sieropositive e ai loro figli dei centri DREAM di Maputo.
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01/12/2013

The goal of a dream

HIV: A MAJOR BARRIER TO ACHIEVEMENT OF MDGS

Millennium Development Goals are ambitious targets set in order to have a more developed, healthier, safer and fairer world. As it is known, the HIV epidemic is one of the major barriers to such a world.
At the moment 35.3 million people are infected with HIV, most of them living in sub-Saharan Africa; such a vast epidemic represents a great problem for many slowly growing economies.
The HIV infection is often accompanied by many burdens, such as social and gender discrimination, unemployment, maternal death, child growth deficit, malnutrition and other diseases.
 
DREAM: AN OVERVIEW
In 2002 the Community of Sant’Egidio, an international faith-based organization, designed and set up DREAM – Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition - a Programme that aims to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic and malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. The Programme is now active in ten African countries, in collaboration with local governments. Specially trained local staff confirm the Programme’s quality and its success. The Programme has introduced a new way to face emergencies and at the same time is creating the foundations of development and sustainability.
The Programme is also endowed with an extensive high profile scientific background, which guarantees constant quality control and constant levels of excellence...

16/10/2013

Cape Town, South Africa - With the support of the DREAM program Viral Load is recognized as a fundamental examination in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV

​"The expansion of monitoring including viral load measurement represent a unique opportunity to improve the quality of treatment services for people with HIV infection" is what we read in the paper published on the topic of monitoring HIV patients in Africa with Viral Load.

 

The document is the result of a conference held in April in Cape Town, organized by UNAIDS, WHO, ASLM (African Society for Laboratory Medicine), Southern Africa HIV Clinician Society and SAA (Society for AIDS in Africa).  The conference was also attended by representatives of the DREAM program, which have been called on to play an advisory role on the issue, thanks to the long experience gained over the past 12 years and the numerous published data supporting the necessity and feasibility of high-level diagnostics in Sub-Saharan Africa...