A new health center of the DREAM Program was opened in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. The country needs support in rebuilding health, education and training infrastructure and furthering peace, following the signing of the peace and reconciliation agreement on 6th February in Bangui. The achievement was possible thanks to the mediation of the Community of Sant’Egidio together with the African Union, the United Nations and the governments of the region. (. . .)
It is the first DREAM center to be 100% solar powered: it is not connected to the national electricity grid and has no generators, relying on a photovoltaic system that can be upgraded at a later time if the need arises. (. . .)
The international community has for years recognized the importance of clinical laboratories in Africa in carrying out a reliable diagnosis and an efficient monitoring of the main diseases present in the region.
Since its launch, DREAM has been one of the few programs which promoted the use of laboratories, mainly those specialized in molecular biology. Laboratories which could provide advanced diagnostics were in fact immediately established in all African countries where DREAM is present, alongside health centers. (. . .)
Speech of Jane Gondwe at the International meeting for peace “Bridges of Peace” in Bologna, at the conference entitled “Illness and Healing: the Value of Life”:
My name is Jane, I’m from Malawi and I’m the coordinator of one of Sant’Egidio’s many DREAM (Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means) Program centers, which have been set up throughout my country and in 11 other African countries. (. . .)
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. (. . .)