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In these recent years we have been witnessing a still growing interest from doctors, nurses, technical personnel etc in health care problems within the developing countries. They are getting still more numerous, those who want to bring a professional and human contribute to all those populations who, for various reasons, are living in conditions of poverty, hunger and disease.
It is surely obvious that by this increasing interest for participation there will occur also an increasing demand for information and education.
The Dipartimento di Discipline Chirurgiche, Morfologiche e Metodologie Integrate at The University of Genoa (Di.CMI; dir. Prof. Edoardo Berti Riboli) has for some years now recognized the need, and has implemented numerous refresher training courses for doctors who want to carry out voluntary health care. The following two courses are implemented every year: The basic course ’Doctors in Africa’, now in its fifteenth edition, and the advanced course on ’Health-care, economical, social and environmental cooperation with the developing countries’.
This course (the first and only in Italy) has experienced an interaction of numerous faculties of the University of Genoa: Economics, Litterature, Environment, Engineering, Farmacy and Medicine, thus offering a multidisciplinary, genuine grounding to the future voluntary collegues. This will permit the participants to deal with various problems in the developing countries where they are working (problems of e.g. social, economic, medical, environmental character), bringing an adequate knowledge and understanding.
This intense educational activity has lead to the assembly of a teaching staff of about 30 persons, gathered round the Di.CMI , experts who, for long periods, have been carrying out their health care activities in these countries (Africa, Asia, South America). This again has allowed to transfer to the participants of the training courses not only the elements of theory, but also that teaching knowledge which derives from ’experiences acquired by working in the field’.

Thanks to this sensitivity towards the emerging countries the DiCMi has already for a long time been
engaged in health care cooperation. For three years now The Department has been able to guarantee a permanent turnover as to surgeons on the Hospital San Francesco di Assisi in Fogo - The republic of Cape Verde.
This has made possible to supply without interruption surgical assistance to a population of 40.000 people, who otherwise would have been without any coverage at all.
This spontaneous enterprise has recently led to an agreement of understanding between The Region of Liguria and The Municipality of Sao Felipe (Ila de Fogo – Cape Verde) which supports the mission of sanitary staff from The Region, and makes official the masterdegrees which the Department intends to organize especially for the Capverdian staff within various fields of surgery or similar areas.

As a result of these educational charity activities many doctors with experience from voluntary work have spontaneously joined the Department. All this has incited The Group of Doctors in Africa (‘Medici in Africa’) to constitute in Genoa “Association Doctors in Africa” (still waiting to be ackowledged Onlus in every respect).

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