A little over a year after Clinique DREAM opened on October 20th 2020 in Bangui, the Minister of Health, Pierre Somse, visited the centre. This represented another step in the effective collaboration between the Community of Sant’Egidio and the the Central African Republic’s Ministry of Health.
During the meeting, the results achieved in over 12 months work at the centre were presented. The Minister expressed his gratitude to the Community of Sant’Egidio for having introduced treatments for chronic diseases in adults and children free of charge to the country and his appreciation of the computerised management of the centre.
The software that manages the patients’ clinical data, together with a telemedicine system that connects African staff with hundreds of specialists in Europe, has made it possible to provide patients who have complex and often associated pathologies with high quality services. Over 2,500 patients have received assistance and 1,200 patients have been treated for complex diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy and HIV.
Somse greeted the staff and listened attentively to the testimonies of the patients who wanted to tell their story, talk about their health problems and about the benefits in their lives of the constant and high quality treatments, especially the epileptic patients, because thanks to a correct and specific diagnosis and treatment, they have been able to live a normal life again, go back to work and start studying again.
Also present at the meeting was the representative of the AICS RCA, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the organisation that supports the centre. Thanks to AICS RCA, Clinique DREAM will also have a basic laboratory, which will make it possible to improve the diagnostics.
On the same day, a collaboration agreement was signed between the CCU, Bangui University Catholic Centre, an important institution that supports the Jesuit Fathers University and the Community of Sant’Egidio. Thanks to this collaboration, more and more young people with HIV will be able to be assisted and treated in the Clinique DREAM in Bangui.
Minister Somse’s visit to Clinique DREAM
Signing the agreement between the Catholic University Centre and the Community of Sant’Egidio