The Eni Foundation is participating in the Dream project, an initiative by the Community of Sant'Egidio that aims to improve the health of the local population. The project places special emphasis on helping women with HIV in Mozambique and on improving access to screening and treatment for cervical cancer. The aim of the project is to strengthen Mozambique’s health system, which is currently unable to meet the needs of its citizens, by reducing maternal and infant mortality and improving the quality of the services offered. This goal is being pursued through the construction of a multi-speciality outpatient clinic in Zimpeto (Province of Maputo).
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Visit from Pope Francis
Pope Francis visits the multi-speciality health centre of Zimpeto in Mozambique set up by the Dream project in the Community of Sant'Egidio, in collaboration with the Eni Foundation.
Over the course of the 8-month project a multi-speciality clinic and a high-quality clinical analysis laboratory were completed and equipped in Zimpeto. Training was provided for the healthcare staff employed at the clinic, as well as for personnel from the Ministry of Health and from other facilities around the country and a health service for HIV/AIDS, TB and HPV was launched, with the promotion of screening campaigns.
The centre provides health services, especially for pregnant women with HIV, such as regular medical examinations, diagnostic monitoring, nutritional support, psychological support, and support for retention in care. Awareness campaigns for the prevention of cervical cancer have also been launched, and screening is promoted at the multi-speciality outpatient clinic to coincide with these campaigns. These campaigns aim to raise women's awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screening. Lack of information, lack of interest due to superstition or fear, illiteracy, and having little time to devote to oneself are some of the many reasons why hardly any women request prevention services. The multi-speciality outpatient clinic in Zimpeto will become a point of referral at the district and provincial level, offering free services for the prevention and diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases, especially the treatment of HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer, as well as offering a programme for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of diseases and psychological support services to encourage retention in care. A healthcare network will be created to connect the various specialist health services in the area that are not provided by the Zimpeto facility – dentistry, radiography, surgery – to avoid overlapping with existing services.
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