“Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countries”
Chair-holder: Prof. Francesco Castelli, Professor of Infectious Diseases
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (thereafter referred to as UNESCO), was created in 1945 to promote “the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities”. In particular, UNESCO endorses and actively support all efforts to achieve the “the broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)….. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”.
Furthermore, UNESCO focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:
Among the others, HIV/AIDS infection is one of the specific themes that UNESCO wants to promote by strengthening the following actions:
The UNESCO Chair Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countries has been created on March 2014 at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences of the University of Brescia to contribute to the attainment of the global health goals (Millennium Development Goals until 2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals thereafter) in resource-poor settings, with particular regard to gender equality, mother and child health andthe fight against HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and other communicable and non-communicable poverty-related diseases.
To achieve its goals, the Chair will complement existing training and research activities already carried out at the University of Brescia and in particular at the Chair of Infectious and Tropical diseases - where the WHO Collaborating Center for the implementation of collaborative HIV/TB activities and for the TB elimination strategy is operational since 2010 – by enlarging its scope and by offering some of the curricular and extra-curricular activities to high-school students and to NGOs health operators. It is expected that a gradual and partial shift to English teaching will take place by the end of the project period.
In particular, the general objectives of the Chair will be pursued by:
The expected results of the proposed project will be:
The UNESCO Chair Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countriesof the University of Brescia in nested in the frame of the Italian UNESCO Chairs, under the coordination of the Italian UNESCO Commission.