Doctors with Africa CUAMM’s Annual Meeting has always been a very special occasion for our organization. It gives us the opportunity to meet with friends, partners and supporters to review the goals we have achieved and the lessons we have learned, as well as to discuss future initiatives.

After traveling around Italy for the past five years to present our wide-ranging program, “Mothers and children first” – a commitment we first undertook in 2011 in partnership with four sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda – we will return to Padua to present the outcome of our activities.

We’ll talk about what drives us and our work, and the difficulties and successes we encounter while carrying it out. Most importantly, we’ll discuss the challenges lying ahead of an organization known as “Doctors with Africa”, renewing our commitment to the mission Pope Francis asked us to continue during a special papal audience last May: to ensure access to care for the most vulnerable, especially mothers and children.

We are honored to be joined during this important event by two very distinguished guests: Italian President Sergio Mattarella and the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required.

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Moderated by Piero Badaloni (journalist)

Opening remarks:
Massimo Bitonci,
Mayor of Padua
Monsignor Claudio Cipolla,
His Excellency, Bishop of Padua
Rosario Rizzuto,
Magnificent Rector of the University of Padua
Luca Zaia,
President of the Veneto Region
Stories of Commitment
Opening video clip

Goals achieved

A five-year-long journey
Fabio Manenti,
Head of Projects

Stories from the field
Anna Berti,
Magdalen Awor,
Ugandan midwife

The challenge that lies ahead

A new impetus
Giovanni Putoto,
Head of Planning

An open appeal
Don Dante Carraro,
Director of Doctors with Africa CUAMM

With the support of everyone

The role of Italy
Mario Calabresi,
Director of La Repubblica
Interview with Paolo Gentiloni,
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

The role of the Catholic Church
Words to cherish
Video clip from the Papal Audience with Pope Francis
His Excellency, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,
Vatican Secretary of State

For those who’ve believed in us
Clip on Doctors with Africa CUAMM’s donors

The support of foundations
Giuseppe Guzzetti
President, CARIPLO and ACRI

The commitment of our friends
Romano Prodi
President, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation

The commitment of youth
Africa through the eyes of the young
Preview from the mini-series with Tv2000
Mario Calabresi interviews
Young Doctors in Africa

In loving memory of CUAMM’s late director
Video clip on Don Luigi Mazzucato,
Director of Doctors with Africa CUAMM from 1955 to 2008

Closing remarks
Sergio Mattarella,
Italian President


Useful information

Gran Teatro Geox
Via Tassinari 1 – 35136 Padua [map]
Venue doors open at 9:30 a.m.


For those traveling by car there is an ample parking lot at the Gran Teatro Geox.
For those traveling by train, shuttle buses will depart from the nearby bus station for the Gran Teatro Geox from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. (a 20 minute ride). Return shuttle buses will be available at the end of the event.

Below is a list of hotels with special room rates. Please contact Albatravel by email ( or telephone (+39 06 87770184) if you wish to reserve a room at one of them.
Best Western Hotel BIRI [map]
€28 – in a double room
€27 – in a triple room
€23 – for each additional person
Price per person per night*, breakfast included.
* Does not include a city tax of €2.85 to be paid upon arrival.

Four Points by Sheraton Padova [map]
€34 per person in a double room
€33 per person in a triple room
€25 for each additional person
Price per person per night*, breakfast included.
* Does not include a city tax of €2.85 to be paid upon arrival.

For further information or questions please contact our secretariat by phone (+39 049 8751279) or email (

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