Embassy of Uganda in Rome - Ambasciata d'Uganda a Roma

People Are the Architects of Their Own Development — Pope Francis

papafrancescoPope Francis has hailed the tireless work that  Doctors with Africa, popularly known by its abbreviation CUAMM, has done with poor African communities in the last 65 years. CUAMM, which stands for Collegio Universitario Aspiranti e Medici Missionari, started its health work with communities in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Angola, South Sudan and Sierra Leone soon after being founded by two Padovan Christian Missionaries. In Uganda today, CUAMM works with the communities of Karamoja, Lango, West Nile and Naggalama in providing a wide range of services including maternal and child health services, HIV/AIDs services, care for the disabled as well as nurses training. This latter activity is carried out specifically in Matany Hospital, founded and supported by the NGO since 1970.

Uganda’s Ambassador in Rome was among the  9,000 people who gathered in Pope Paul the VI auditorium in the Vatican, to celebrate 65 years of CUAMM’s service to Africa. Pope Francis commended the organisation for carrying out its work with courage and working as part of a caring church; a church which he said had “ a great heart… in the service of the poorest”. He reminded CUAMM of their being doctors with but not for Africa; urging the NGO to “involve the African people in the process of growth, walking with them, sharing difficulties and joys, suffering and enthusiasm”.

The Holy Father urged CUAMM be close to the grassroots and help communities to grow; leaving them to continue on their own once they have done so and can continue to do so. “It is the logic of the seed”, he said; “that disappears and dies to bring lasting fruit”.