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Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Helping pregnant women with HIV, so the virus isn't transmitted to their babies

2013-04-19

The Community of St. Egidio's DREAM project in her native Mozambique, gave her treatment and medicine. A few months later,  she started feeling better and most importantly, she started having hope.  

CACILDA MASSANGO
DREAM Program Participant

"To have a friendship with people who have the same problem and face the same challenges is even more powerful because you can talk and exchange experiences and this makes a big difference.”

The initiative is part of a much wider goal, called MSD Italy, which can literally mark the difference between life and death. Part of the initiative is giving medication to pregnant women with HIV, so the virus, isn't transmitted to their babies in the womb.

CACILDA MASSANGO
DREAM Program Participant

"It's an effort that has multiplied itself and helped so many people, especially pregnant women.”

The project also tries to reduce the death rate of mothers, who die during or soon after giving birth. It's estimated that about 800 women die from birth complications every day. Most of these deaths are preventable. The main goal is one they share with the United Nations, which is to reduce this mortality rate at least 75 percent by the year 2015.


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