Responding to the appeal in a report by Vatican News, the Director of CUAMM (University College for Aspiring Missionary Doctors), Fr. Dante Carraro, has said the organization will not remain silent amid the suffering of the people.
“The situation in Tigray is very serious. The little information we have received tells of desperate people fleeing because they are afraid of massacres and violence,” Fr. Carraro who is a cardiologist says in the Friday, March 5 report.
The Italian-born Cleric and medic who has been at the helm of CUAMM since 2008 adds, “How can we remain indifferent to such a dramatic request, to such extreme need? When the Bishop asked us to intervene, telling us about the situation, we decided that we had to do something. We have been working in Ethiopia since 1980.”
“Thanks to funds allocated by the Italian Episcopal Conference, through Caritas Italiana, and in collaboration with the Ethiopian Catholic Church, Doctors with Africa CUAMM will launch an intervention in the next few weeks in the area between Adigrat and Makellè, the main towns in the region,” Vatican News has reported.
Founded in 1950, Doctors with Africa CUAMM was the first non-governmental organization focused on healthcare to be recognized by the Italian government, according to information on the organization’s website.
It is now the country’s leading organization working to protect and improve the wellbeing and health of vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Working with international and local partner teams, CUAMM provides medical aid and expertise in eight African countries. These are Angola, Central African Republic (CAR), Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
CUAMM also carries out capacity-building activities and conducts and disseminates scientific research with the end goal of ensuring that the fundamental human right to health can be enjoyed by everyone everywhere.
According to Vatican News, CUAMM’s support in Ethiopia will focus on three Tigrayan health centres run by various Religious Orders, which have been heavily damaged. One of these facilities is Idaga Hamus centre, not far from Adigrat, which was reportedly partially destroyed during the conflict.
Shire and Alitena health facilities located in the Central region near Adua, which also suffered partial destruction, are also set to benefit from CUAMM’s support.