Founded in 1950 as the University College for Aspiring Missionary Doctors, Doctors with Africa CUAMM is one of the parts of the Opera San Francesco Saverio Foundation, a religious organization established by the Bishop of Padua on 6 January 1959.
Doctors with Africa CUAMM is run by an eight-member Board of Directors; by statute,its president is the Bishop of Padua. The Board and its president are responsible for directing, managing and promoting the group’s activities and all other related aspects.
The Executive Director is responsible for the organization and management of Doctors with Africa CUAMM’s activities. He/she is appointed by the Board of Directors for a three-year renewable term.
The Country Representatives act as Doctors with Africa CUAMM’s legal representatives in the countries where the organization maintains a presence, and are responsible for local planning and management.
The Coordinating Committee of Humanitarian Groups is made up of five members elected by the president and the constitutive bodies, and is tasked with coordinating the activities of these groups and ensuring that they are aligned with those of the central office.
Pursuant to art. 5 of Legislative Decree no. 117/2017, the Foundation, as a a recognized ecclesiastical entity based on civilian regulations, has adopted and integrated the regulations for the ETS (Third Sector Entity) branch of the so-called Foundation, named C. U.A.M.M. (Collegio Universitario Apiranti e Medici Missionari), “Medici con l’Africa Cuamm” or “CUAMM”, published by deed of Notary Dr. Daria Righetto of Padua on 08/07/2021 (download the ETS regulation filing report).