In 1968, a group of young doctors and medical students from Turin decided to take action to guarantee the right to health for all: the Comitato Collaborazione Medica (CCM) was born.
For 50 years we have been providing healthcare skills in areas where local health workers need training. We support and train community health workers so that they are able to treat patients appropriately, even in the poorest areas and under the most difficult circumstances. We look after the most vulnerable groups in society, in particular women and children, who continue to have a high mortality rate.
In Africa we work in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. Together with local institutions and communities we strive to improve their capacity to respond to their health needs and we promote the information and education of the population towards the prevention and access to services. We train local health workers and improve the existing structures – hospitals, health centres and dispensaries – aiming at delivering adequate basic care also to the remotest areas. We pay particular attention to the most common pathologies and the most vulnerable groups, women and children, in order to save as many lives as possible. We promote the use of techniques and technologies suitable to the context, economically sustainable in the long run and respectful of the local culture.
In Italy we strive to abolish the cultural barriers and the lack of information preventing the most vulnerable people like migrants and recent poor from accessing health services. Thanks to our 50-year-old experience in Africa we train social and health workers on how to respond to the newly emerging health needs; we inform the communities about health issues and available services for prevention and treatment; we participate in the management of out-patient clinics for people in need. We carry out activities of information and education in schools and, generally, in the territory. We use new technologies to promote health in a correct and informed way. We train health professionals for missions to low-income countries.
Comitato Collaborazione Medica CCM is a NGO committed to promote the right to health and ensure access to essential health care in Africa and in Italy. For 50 years, we have been building upon the skills of local health workers to ensure the provision of quality care to the most vulnerable communities.
Smiles of African Mothers is CCM’s Campaign
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