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The DREAM laboratories: quality in service of everyone

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. (. . .)

Illness and Healing: the Value of Life. Speech of Jane Gondwe at “Bridges of Peace”

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. (. . .)

DREAM Workshop on Information Technologies

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. (. . .)

The challenges of HIV therapy and the HIV/TB co-infection in Africa

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. (. . .)

A new DREAM center is to be built in the city of Dubreka thanks to financing from the Japanese Embassy in Guinea

A new agreement was signed on 15 March between the Japanese Embassy and the Community of Sant’Egidio for the construction of a new DREAM center in the city of Dubreka, located about 60 kilometers from the country’s capital, Conakry. The suburban area of Conakry is undergoing an intensive urban development program which is slowly enveloping the city in the urban fabric. (. . .)

Finding the right balance

THE SUNDAY TIMES

Malawi, January 28, 2018

By Cliff Kawanga

At the height of hunger crisis few years ago, a lot of people cried for support.
Despite a lot of cassava or sweet potatoes in their household, some of them still lined up to receive free maize that the government was distributing. In a year when maize had failed, the farmers indeed had cassava and sweet potatoes as options. (. . .)