It was the first months of 1997 and we had recently returned: some from Tanzania, some from Uganda or other East African countries. We had lived a long time being nurses or doctors without sophisticated tools, without drugs, in comparison with many, many sick people who would have needed very little to heal. The return to the Italian wards had been traumatic. We could not close our eyes to the abysmal differences in care and care. We decided that we should instill solidarity with those around us, in Como, with children, with young people, with all those who did not know about the misery of the African hospital wards. Thus was born Doctors with Africa - Como onlus , following the most important Italian health NGO, which is based in Padua and at the time better known as CUAMM ( www.cuamm.org ).