On February 7th, in Maputo,
the V Panafrican training course of the DREAM program began. It is
attended by medical doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians,
biologists, chemists, computer programmers and coordinators, 130
people coming from 11 African countries.Participants come from
Mozambique, of course, but also from Kenya, Congo, Guinea Bissau,
Eritrea and Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Cameroon, Angola and a large
group has come from Malawi.
There is also a group of
Italian doctors from the University of Pisa taking part in the course.
They will be a support to the program as it starts in new Countries.
But the course is particularly interesting also for other operators,
who mean to replicate the DREAM model within their own structures. In
fact the course is also attended by a group of Vincentian sisters, who
will start the ARV therapy in their centres, and by the health teams
of some of the major enterprises active in Mozambique, since they mean
to make the AIDS therapy available to their employees.
The inauguration of the
course was attended also by some authorities, like the representatives
of the Health Ministry and the National Council to Combat HIV/AIDS,
the representative of the Bishop of Maputo, a representative of the
Mulheres para o DREAM Activist Association, who gave their greetings
to the participants. The course will run until February 26th; the
first part will be theoretical, then it will include a period of
internship at the DREAM centres in Mozambique.
While the formation course
for sanitary staff was starting, during the same week there was a
course for thirty activists belonging to the Mulheres para o DREAM
Association coming from Maputo and Beira. The objective of the course
was to examine the nutritional aspects associated to the HIV infection.
The activists actually support the therapy implemented by the DREAM
centres with their home care activity that faces the nutritional
aspects of the disease. Their task consists in teaching and
controlling the nutrition of mothers on treatment and their children,
in checking that milk and food for weaning are prepared properly, in
readily reporting any clinical problems that may occur to the medical