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Scientific collaboration for sustainable development and the reduction of poverty in Africa

With a view to sustainable development and poverty reduction, the start of a new collaboration was announced between the Infectious Diseases Division of the University of Verona, directed by Evelina Tacconelli, and the Institute for Global Health and Development, under the presidency of Magda Robalo Correia e Silva. The collaboration between the two research groups was presented during the second edition of the NaCLO for Africa symposium which was held on Friday 6 October in Parma.

The aim of this cooperation is to promote and implement research in the field of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, pandemic prevention and preparedness. This will be possible thanks to shared funding, collaboration on European-level initiatives and the organisation of joint training programmes, webinars, symposia and conferences.

The symposium on the theme "Hygiene as an essential health requirement for the development of low and middle income countries - Challenges and results", was organised by the Parma-based company Medivac Srl-Società Benefit with the patronage of the Municipality of Parma, the University of Parma, the University of Verona, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Emilia-Romagna Region.

In fact, the NaCLO for Africa project refers to the formula of sodium hypochlorite (NaCLO), a highly effective disinfectant in aqueous solution, used in the past in north-west African countries in programs to combat the Ebola virus. At the center of this meeting were various themes, including the potential collapse of the health system of low-income countries (also due to the fact that mass resignations are taking place in the health systems of high-income countries and that the positions left vacancies are filled mainly by skilled workers from low-income countries) and the need to combine investments with basic hygiene practices.

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