Few weeks after the start of the building of the laboratory of molecular biology in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new DREAM centre and laboratory of molecular biology took place in Iringa, in the Central-Southern region of the country.
The bishop of the city – the third largest one in Tanzania – opened the ceremony, at the presence of several representatives of the local health institutions, many patients, and a lot of friends of ours living in the area. Iringa is the capital of a very large, mostly rural and rather poor district, where HIV seropositivity rates are above the national average. The new, large construction site is, therefore, designed in order to face such relevant needs.
A big structure is planned for building, with a surface of more than 500 square meters, on two levels. The ground floor will include the examination rooms, the rooms for drug delivery and the warehouses.
The laboratory will be on the first floor, and is planned to become a reference centre for the whole region and the nearby religious missions which have already started the DREAM programme (like the satellite centres of Usokami and Isimani) or are willing to do it.