Students, staff and faculty on assignments August through October

August 2th, 2019 - Nutrition, hygiene, screening doctors, field training of staff. The commitment of theUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma in aiding developing countries he does not go on vacation, but packs his bags and goes on a mission, thus giving substance to his inspiring values ​​and to the goal of social and cultural commitment proper to a university.

Growth and transmission of knowledge at the service of man, the founding values ​​of the University, thus find concrete expression in development cooperation programs. Through them, in fact, theUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma trains professionals capable of playing increasingly active roles in the transformations of society and allows students to come into contact with the major problems that afflict the most fragile areas of the world, both a few steps from home and, as in this case, from 'other side of the globe.

A commitment that takes the form of three workcamps scheduled between August and September in Peru and Tanzania in which the protagonists will be the students and professors of the University.

Nutrition monitoring with food science and human nutrition students

The first mission of this year, which sees the collaboration of non-profit red sweaters, will start on August 13 with seven female students of the Master's Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Stage of the trip: the Mvimwa monastery in Tanzania. Here the students will focus on monitoring the nutritional status of the pupils of the St.Placidus primary school by collecting anthropometric measurements, such as weight, height and brachial circumference, but also secondary and collateral interventions, such as nutrition education and knowledge of based on hygiene and health standards. The relay of solidarity in Tanzania therefore continues, which has also produced, in the last three years, 10 degree theses for the qualitative and quantitative survey of scientific data useful for drawing up targeted plans for health and humanitarian intervention.

In Peru, health and training programs for village women

Forty women will leave on August 21st for Valle del Cañete, Peru, for an all-female cooperation initiative in collaboration with Caritas and Condoray. “The workcamp is part of the institutional initiatives ofUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma for its training potential for students, postgraduates and professionals and for the weight of the socio-health and training activities that are carried out for the benefit of the population and the two local institutions", explains the professor. Rossana Alloni, responsible for the mission.

Particular attention will be given to local women, with training programs for "promoters", the women of the villages in charge of subsequently training the other people of the villages of the Valley. The inhabitants of the area will also be taught how to produce sulfur soap: an effective tool for keeping mites away, which are particularly aggressive towards the little ones, so much so that children are infested, often resulting in numerous bites and scars. The medical-nursing work, on the other hand, will be aimed at the entire local population, both in the Caritas clinics and in the rural slums.

Health camps and mobile hospital in Tanzania with doctors, students and postgraduates

The third workcamp, with destination Tanzania, will involve cardiologists, neurologists, gynecologists, surgeons and specialist staff of the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital of Rome and students of Medicine and Surgery, a total of 35 people.

The group will leave on September 28 and is organized to ensure minimal basic health care in particularly isolated rural villages around the Mvimwa Monastery. They will support African doctors, in the perspective of "growing together" in a dispensary, through health workcamps and a mobile clinic, a real mobile hospital to bring health to the most remote and poorest areas of the country. For surgical interventions they will be able to make use of the collaboration of the Regional Hospital of Sumbawanga, thanks to agreements signed by UCBM with the Governor of Nkasi District.

“With this workcamp, the Campus Bio-Medico University becomes the protagonist of a cooperation activity in which 15 medical professionals and 20 students will participate. We will move on reference targets and very specific action plans ranging from the hospital for surgical operations to the Monastery dispensary for gynecological and cardiological visits; in this way we hope to make an important contribution to the health of children, mothers and adults who need it", says prof. Nicola Napoli, head of the University Development Cooperation and Volunteering Committee ofUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma.

This work will also be preparatory for subsequent missions in which, by collaborating with local doctors, it will be possible to guarantee continuity in clinical and surgical activity. Soon, in fact, the doctors of the Roman University will have the opportunity to operate in a new maternity ward of the dispensary created by red sweaters onlus, with the advice of UCBM.