From DREAM to DREAM 2.0: An African Model
Towards the end of the 1990s, the local governments and the World Health Organisation itself identified prevention as the only possible way to counter HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Starting from the clearly wrong healthcare decisions that had been made up to then, a group of doctors who also carried out research, from the Community of Sant’Egidio, suggested that prevention had to be combined with therapy, as a natural complement in reducing the number of new infections, which was the approach in the western part of the world.
So in 2002 the DREAM (Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition) programme was set up in Mozambique, at first only for the prevention and treatment of HIV and the fight against malnutrition. Today, after 15 years DREAM 2.0 (Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means) has become a model for fighting not only HIV/AIDS but also other infectious diseases and many chronic pathologies that are increasing fast in Africa. This healthcare model is present in 47 health centres in 11 countries in Africa and treats 350,000 patients.
KeywordsDream programme Community of S. Egidio HIV AIDS
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