Unesco Chair

Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countries

Referent person: Prof. Francesco Castelli, Professor of Infectious Diseases

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was created in 1945 to promote “the conditions for dialogue through civilizations, cultures and peoples based on respect for common values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve sustainable development, in mutual respect for rights and the fight against poverty, which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities “. In particular, UNESCO promotes and supports all efforts to achieve “the broad and concrete goals of the international community – including the Millennium Development Goals … .. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to peace, the eradication of poverty , sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture, communication and information “.


UNESCO recognizes two specific priorities in particular:
Gender equality.
Among others, UNESCO focuses on the fight against HIV / AIDS by promoting the following actions: Appropriate quality education for everyone, which will last for a lifetime Promotion of appropriate scientific and political knowledge for sustainable development Attention to social and ethical challenges; Promotion of cultural differences and the culture of peace; Promotion of a society open to inclusion through information and communication. The UNESCO Chair Training and reinforcement of human resources for health development in countries with limited resources was established in March 2014 at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences of the University of Brescia with the aim of contributing to the achievement of global objectives ( Millennium Development Goals – MDGs until 2015 and then the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs) in limited resources contexts, with particular reference to gender equality, maternal and child health and the fight against HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases transmissible and non-transmissible poverty related. To achieve its objectives, the UNESCO Chair of the University of Brescia will complete and reinforce the educational programs already in place at the Chair of Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the WHO Collaborating Center for collaborative activities on TB / HIV co-infection and for the TB elimination strategy, extending the possibility of curricular and extracurricular training also to high school students and NGO workers. It is expected that part of the training activities will be conducted in English in the years to come. In particular, the general objectives of the Chair are pursued through: The promotion of highly qualified training activities (pre- and post-graduate) focused on Global Health, also in collaboration with Higher Education Institutes of limited resources and with the WHO Collaborating Center for collaborative activities on TB / co-infection HIV and for the TB elimination strategy, active at the University of Brescia. The organization of scientific meetings focused on Global Health in favor of the scientific community interested both in Italy and coming from developing countries The promotion of operational research in the field of HIV / AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and malaria in countries with high endemic and in Europe, with particular reference to gender aspects. The expected results of the project are:

  • The sensitization of the students of Medicine and Surgery, but also of the other macro-areas of which the University of Brescia is composed (Economics, Engineering and Law), towards the themes of Global Health. Training of health workers involved in health cooperation projects and in any capacity for the health of disadvantaged populations.
  • To achieve high quality scientific research for an ever better understanding of the social impact of infectious diseases, with particular reference to aspects related to gender.

The UNESCO Chair Education and reinforcement of human resources for health development in the limited resources of the University of Brescia is part of the list of Italian UNESCO Chairs, coordinated by the Italian National Commission for UNESCO.

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