The VIII Pan African formation course held by the DREAM project started on 12 July in Blantyre, dedicated especially to the continent’s Anglophone countries.
Nearly 100 course participants from eight African and Asian countries (Eritrea, India, Kenya, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania) sat in the crowded hall of a hotel in Malawi’s economic capital to listen to the greetings and offer of collaboration from representatives of the local and national health authorities.
They also received best wishes for a successful course from the archbishop of Blantyre and the encouragement of the rector of the faculty of medicine to work together and to form many health workers capable of treating as many sick people as possible.
At the end, Prof. Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, greeted all the course participants.
This year, DREAM decided to hold its training school in a small country of Africa, which could even be described as marginal.
The formation offered is of high scientific standards but it is also the formation of hope for so many sick people waiting to be treated. It is the challenge of taking to the heart of Africa the good news that AIDS is not a death sentence, that antiretroviral therapy and excellence in care are not only for children of the rich world, but also for children of a less fortunate, forgotten world, like the African one.