A weeklong workshop took place in the Maputo DREAM center of the Community of Sant’Egidio with the participation of computer engineers working with the Dream Program in Tanzania, Malawi and various areas of Mozambique.
The workshop provided updates and thorough analyses of topics covering information and communication technologies, data protection and security and the use and improvement of software developed by the DREAM Program. (. . .)
A training course for health personnel took place in Kinshasa last week, organized by the DREAM Program of the Community of Sant’Egidio, called “The challenges behind HIV therapy and the HIV/TB co-infection in Africa”. Amongst the topics discussed were the shift to the third line of antiretrovirals and the use of the resistance test. The course was attended by 40 doctors, nurses and paramedic personnel from the DREAM center in Kinshasa and other local health centers and hospitals which collaborate with the DREAM Program in various ways, as well as representatives of the personnel of the DREAM center in Mbandaka (Équateur Province) and the Bandundu area. (. . .)
The DREAM program has since the beginning believed that the use of diagnostics and laboratory monitoring is necessary to guarantee quality treatment to its patients. It was the first program that opened in Africa, and the first to steadily make use of molecular biology laboratories. Considering only Mozambique and Malawi, the DREAM laboratories have carried out until now more than half a million viral loads. (. . .)
The “Global approach to health” course organized by the DREAM program ended today. It was attended by 32 people from 6 countries: Cameroon, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The classes took place in the DREAM program’s field office in Rome, in a room crowded with specialists who work in the DREAM centers managed by the Daughters of Charity located in the 6 countries. (. . .)
The pan-African training Course began in Maputo, Mozambique. It is organized by the DREAM Program of the Community of Sant’Egidio and by Global Health Telemedicine, in collaboration with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, and is called Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means: “DREAM 2.0 – The global approach to health”.
The course is aimed at health operators (doctors, nurses, health technicians, medical officers) coming from public and private health centers in 11 African countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo). (. . .)
The last 5 years have seen great changes in the fight against AIDS: The pharmaceutical treatment has reached 12 million people in countries with limited resources, mortality has sharply declined and, in the last years, also the incidence has started to decrease. But how can we close the gap between life expectancy and the health of the people affected by HIV in african countries? (. . .)