More than 400 delegates from 30 countries attended the opening of the 11th Congress of C.
More than 400 delegates from 30 countries attended the opening of the 11th Congress of C.I.C.I.A.M. - The Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Workers - in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan on Monday (24 July). Abidjan is host city to the Congress - the first C.I.C.I.A.M. meeting to be held in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The venue for the meeting was the Abidjan Congress Palace. Before the official opening ceremony, delegates attended a special High Mass of thanks-giving celebrated inside the auditorium by 15 bishops from all over the world. The organisation was set up in 1933 at a meeting in Lourdes. Its principal aims are to promote Christian thought in medicine, and to improve medical standards, and services in the under-developed nations.
The C.I.C.I.A.M. leaders say the purpose of the Congress is to bring delegates up to date with new developments in health care, and to assess the increasing demands being made on the organisation's resources. The five-day meeting was officially opened by the Ivory Coast Minister of State, Monsieur Auguste Denise.