Mulheres para o DREAM
Un’Associazione a sostegno del programma di lotta all’AIDS in Africa
ll 1 dicembre 2003, Giornata Mondiale di lotta all’AIDS, nel corso della conferenza “Tratar o SIDA transforma a vida”, tenutasi a Maputo è stata costituita l’associazione Mulheres para o DREAM, ovvero "Donne per un sogno".
Alla prima riunione, tenutasi nel centro DREAM di Machava il 30 gennaio, si sono raccolte più di 60 persone, donne e uomini sieropositivi e non, che intendono impegnarsi in questo senso. L’adesione maschile, del tutto spontanea, rappresenta un ulteriore successo di DREAM, e ne evidenzia la capacità di curare non solo la malattia, ma anche i pregiudizi che le sono connessi.
L’attività dell’Associazione prevede una serie di interventi a vario livello, sia presso i centri che a domicilio.
L’assemblea si è svolta in un clima di entusiasmo. Dopo la consegna delle tessere e delle magliette con la scritta "I dream", tutti hanno voluto prendere la parola, sottolineando quanto la realizzazione di questa associazione, in cui è possibile incontrarsi e raccontare le proprie esperienze, dia forza a ciascuno e rappresenti un ulteriore motivo di "guarigione".
Presto l’associazione darà vita ad una ulteriore attività, ovvero le campagne di informazione sul programma DREAM. Gli attivisti – in questo caso soprattutto gli uomini – saranno promotori di queste campagne informative attraverso una presenza capillare nei quartieri, dove ancora tanta gente non sa che è possibile curare l’AIDS. La circolazione di notizie sul programma di cura dell’AIDS, sui centri dove ci si può rivolgere, permetterà un maggiore accesso alla terapia, che già raggiunge alcune migliaia di persone, in Mozambico, e va estendendosi ad altri paesi africani.
|The Community of Sant’Egidio will inaugurate the IV Panafrican Course on DREAM (4-28 August) on 4 of August, at TDM (Maputo, Mozambique), at 9.30.
DREAM (Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition) is a control, prevention, and treatment program – in other words, a global program to fight HIV infection in limited resource countries.
DREAM is a program run by Community of Sant’Egidio and has been active on the ground over the last 30 months. The compliance is higher than in Europe and in the US, reaching 95%. And 9 out 10 adults treated by receiving the HAART, the full tri-therapy and a multi-faceted support (nutritional aid, and so on), live well and have started new lives. DREAM is also completely free of charge for the AIDS patients.
Out of the 70,000 treated in Africa with anti-retroviral drugs, about 7,000 are under the assistance umbrella of DREAM in Mozambique, almost 4,000 are receiving the full therapy.
In the IV Panafrican Course of DREAM there are about 150 participants, from many African countries, like: Angola, RDCongo, Guiné Bissau, Guiné Conacry, Malawi, Central Africa Republic, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Guiné Equatorial, Liberia and Ivory Coast, beside other health operators coming from Mozambican Provinces.
This year the Course will have ten Cuban physicians coming to Maputo to learn the DREAM program to implement in the Carabbean Isle.
The IV Panafrican Course on DREAM Program is divided in two parts, theory and practice and in three moduls for very professional sessions, which are, physicians, health operatores, lab technicians, chemists, nurses, etc.
The theory will be held by physicians and professors of several Universities at TDM in Maputo meanwhile the practice will be done at the DREAM Centre in Machava (Maputo), in the others associated DREAM Centres (Maputo and Beira), and at the Laboratories of Molecular Biology at the Central Hospital in Maputo and Beira.
For more information contact:
Maputo office of DREAM and Sant’Egidio
Tel (+) 258 1 493752/486625
Cell. Ph. (+258) 82 323275.
Last Updated: 2004-07-15 (Reuters)
BANGKOK – Former South African President Nelson Mandela, in a veiled swipe at the United States, called on donors on Thursday to join efforts to pour billions of dollars into a global fund to fight AIDS.
Speaking at a major AIDS conference in Bangkok where Washington has come under fire for its go-it-alone approach, Mandela said donor nations must unite against the incurable disease that has killed 20 million people and infected nearly twice that number.
"We challenge everyone to help fund the fund now," said the Nobel laureate and one of the world’s leading AIDS campaigners.
The controversy erupted when U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Bush administration should inject $1 billion a year and show the same commitment to fighting AIDS that it does in combating terrorism.
The United States promptly rejected the call and refused to exceed its $200 million commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2005.
Mandela did not name the United States in his speech, but he said all donors needed to increase their funding substantially for the Geneva-based fund, a public-private partnership.
"Ensuring the Global Fund is fully funded is critical to success in our fight against the three diseases," he said, adding that donors should "harmonise their efforts in support of nationally owned plans and frameworks of the recipient nations."
Washington insists it is leading the AIDS war through President George W. Bush’s five-year, $15 billion plan for care, prevention and treatment in 15 countries, mostly in Africa and the Caribbean, which account for 70 percent of new infections.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organisation set up by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, announced a $50 million donation to the Global Fund on Thursday, bringing its total to $150 million, and urged others to hike their funding.
Thousands of delegates chanting "Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela" greeted the former South African leader, who turns 86 on Sunday, at an event to promote his anti-AIDS campaign 46664 – his prison number during 27 years in apartheid jails.
With host Thailand’s human rights record in the spotlight during the conference, Mandela said governments must offer treatment to marginalised groups such as refugees, intravenous drug users and sex workers.
AIDS activists say Thailand’s ‘war on drugs’ is driving injecting drug users, who are among the most at risk from AIDS, away from sources of help.
"As former prisoner 46664, there is a special place in my heart for all those who are denied access to their basic human rights," Mandela said to loud applause.
Earlier on Thursday, Mandela said the AIDS fight could be lost if the world ignored tuberculosis, often a death sentence for people infected with HIV.
About 14 million people are infected with HIV and tuberculosis, 70 percent living in sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.
"The world has made defeating AIDS its top priority. This is a blessing, but TB remains ignored," Mandela, who was treated for TB while in prison, told reporters.
He said resources to fight tuberculosis were woefully short despite the world having had a cure for more than 50 years.
Research into the dual TB/AIDS epidemic got a boost with a $45 million grant from the Gates Foundation to fund studies into controlling tuberculosis in areas with high HIV infection rates.
Health experts hope Mandela’s message will convince people with HIV and tuberculosis to tell their stories and raise awareness about the dual epidemic.
Winstone Zulu, a Zambian who spoke alongside Mandela, said he had lost four brothers because they lacked access to TB d
|Cuba to help Caribbean fight AIDS
Source : provided by REUTERS ; Last Updated: 2004-07-15
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba offered on Thursday to build training centers for nurses to handle AIDS patients in Caribbean nations and provide antiretroviral drugs to fight the pandemic.
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque made the offer at a one-day meeting with counterparts from the Caribbean Community (Caricom).
"From the social standpoint, the major challenge ahead of us is the fight against HIV/AIDS," Perez Roque said.
In contrast to other Caribbean countries, Cuba has contained the spread of the virus to 0.07 percent of its people through a controversial program that obliged patients to remain in institutions to obtain treatment.
In Haiti, the poorest nation in the region, 5.6 percent of the population has been infected, according to U.N. figures.
Cuba has developed cheap generic antiretroviral drugs and offered them to other developing nations and sent hundreds of doctors to work in other countries.
Perez Roque said economic ties between Cuba and the 15-member regional Caricom bloc, whose members include Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad, had not developed sufficiently, despite a trade agreement signed four years ago.
He thanked Caribbean nations for consistently opposing U.S. trade sanctions against Cuba and helping break the diplomatic isolation of the communist-run island sought by Washington.