07 - Sep - 2007
Maputo, Mozambique Inauguration of the XI Pan-African formation course of the DREAM programme
|On 6 September, the XI Pan-African formation course of the DREAM programme for health workers (doctors, nurses, biologists, laboratory technicians and activists) working in the field of HIV and AIDS, was inaugurated.
More than 200 people from Mozambique and another 12 countries – Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Cameroon, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Vietnam –are taking part.
|objective of the course is to form local personnel and to go into the DREAM model for the treatment of AIDS in more depth. The workshop was opened by the Archbishop of Maputo, Francisco Chimoio, who invited participants to think about their work as a mission, that of “giving hope to sick people”. He said: “Yours is a work for life and must be undertaken with passion. It is not enough to be competent professionals. Your mission is to work with passion, passion for sick people. A sick person is a man, a woman, with dignity. He or she may lose strength, suffer and be covered with sores, but always remains a person.”|
|Dr Saide Mousinho, national Director of Health, on behalf of the Health Minister of Mozambique, greeted participants and address women of the Mulheres para o DREAM movement, saying: “The country needs courageous women like these; it needs heroes to give hope to the country.” One such woman, Ivonne Nanposse, bore witness through her personal experience, of how one can return to living life to the full, even if infected: the hope of a future and working for others, especially for children and their mothers, give newfound dignity.|
|In the name of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Dr Gianni Guidotti recalled the long story of friendship that links Sant’Egidio to Mozambique, a friendship that is a “bridge which unites Africa and Europe, wiping out the distance between, seeking to fill the abyss of injustice that separates the life and destiny of many sick African people from those of inhabitants of the northern hemisphere.”
The ceremony launched the course, the technical part of which continued until 14 September. The practical part of the course, which consists of internships for the various professional profiles, will come to a close at the end of the month.