The testimony of Stefania, JPO of gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Milan Bicocca, who returned to Italy in early March after 6 months of service in Tosamaganga, in Tanzania.
The anti-covid vaccination campaign has begun at the Saint Luke Hospital of Wolisso in Ethiopia where there has been a big increase of positive cases in the last month, some of them with very serious conditions.
Following two recent attacks, it is fundamental to guarantee protection for aid workers and civilians in Ethiopia, to bring help to the people in need.
Maria Menya Nakeny, 34 years old, had to face a hard challenge against Tb in Karamoja, Uganda. The support and commitment from CUAMM team and the health operators, together with constancy and continuity of care, have been essential allies to win her fight.
In 2020, in the midst of the lockdown, Doctors with Africa CUAMM went to visit patients at their homes to make sure they did not stop treatment: 85% of treatments were successfully completed, and the dropout rate was down to 11%. These successes show that also in Africa it is important to focus on the community.
On the 70th anniversary of Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Pope Francis welcomed the director Don Dante Carraro in a private audience due to the anti-covid restrictions.
Never before this year of pandemic, have we realized the importance of water for the health system. We want to remember it today, on the World Water Day. Water supply becomes crucial in Africa where its scarcity is a daily challenge in addition to many other difficulties, as the threat of Covid-19.
The numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19, intensive care unit admissions and deaths from the virus continue to rise. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and its name is vaccines. Availability is limited: we don’t have enough doses in Italy, and the situation is far worse in Africa.
Fathers are often marginal figures in Africa, as parental responsibilities are mainly a duty of women. Anyhow, their active role in the family is essential for the health of children.
Global emergencies demand global responses, and Africa cannot be left out. A vaccination program is clearly imperative there as well: not only is it the right thing to do, it will also help ensure everyone’s wellbeing, as it is the only way to put an end to the spread of this virus and its variants.