The pan-African training Course began in Maputo, Mozambique. It is organized by the DREAM Program of the Community of Sant’Egidio and by Global Health Telemedicine, in collaboration with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, and is called Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means: “DREAM 2.0 – The global approach to health”.
The course is aimed at health operators (doctors, nurses, health technicians, medical officers) coming from public and private health centers in 11 African countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo).
The lessons will be hosted by European and Mozambican specialists from the main clinic and university centers from their respective countries.
It is an international training course, expression of the globalization that is constantly making us more connected and interdependent. Unfortunately, considering that the intensity of migrations, trade and communications is steadily increasing, access to treatment is still a privilege for the few in many countries, particularly in Africa.
It is also for this reason that the strengthening of individual health systems represents a priority in the development agenda of the poorest countries, and it is a key point for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN’s General Assembly (No poverty, Zero hunger, Good Health and well being…).
DREAM’s work over the past years has shown how investments in treating AIDS have had a huge impact on health systems. DREAM is today a model in fighting not only HIV/AIDS, but also other infectious diseases and chronic pathologies which are increasingly spreading in the southern countries of the world. Drugs aren’t enough to fight this battle, but instead training and support is required from everybody.
The teachers of the training course come from different Italian and Mozambican realities which represent clinical excellence in specific fields: The Besta Institute in Milan for neurology, the Department of Medical Biotechnologies of the University of Siena for infectious diseases, the San Giovanni hospital in Rome for telemedicine, the Cardiovascular and Transplant Department of the S. Camillo hospital for cardiology, the business Operating Unit ASL Romagna for dermatology and the DREAM Program of Mozambique, to name a few.
The lessons will contain various subjects such as: HIV, resistance to new therapies; tuberculosis; hypertension and cardiovascular pathologies, electrocardiography and medical therapy of the main heart conditions; radiology and ultrasound diagnostics; mother-child health; dermatology; neuropathy and epilepsy.
Various clinical cases will be discussed during the training course, some of which have been the subject of tele consultations between Africa and Europe. The IT platform designed by BS Innova and implemented by Global Health Telemedicine has in fact created a network of 13 African centers which benefit from an innovative multidisciplinary tele consultation service. As of today, 13 medical subjects are active with about 80 voluntary european professionals.
It is possibly one of the first models of health globalization supported also by SIT, the Italian Telemedicine @ e-Health Society.
The services offered by the DREAM Program and the training course are available thanks to the concrete contribution of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Foundation Assistance International and from the Swiss Cooperation.
The course will end with a week of clinic experience and practical semiotics lessons in the DREAM health centers in Maputo.
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