The university association for the international cooperation (AUCI) was created  on June 5, 1978 by notarial deed within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Catholic University of Rome, where it operates in full autonomy, although in harmony with the inspiring values of the University itself. The founder and first president of the AUCI was the doct. Antonio G. Lucia.


In 1979 AUCI, in response to the appeal of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) for the emergency in Ogaden, a region disputed between Ethiopia and Somalia, intervened, over two semesters, with medical-health teams in a hospital from the field behind the war front.

In 1980, in collaboration with Caritas, he started a medical clinic for immigrants who came from far away Vietnam, contributing in particular to specialized medical interventions.

In April 1980 he participated in Somalia in the Government Project of assistance in the Qoorioley refugee camps, and in Yalalassi in collaboration with the NGO Coopi and in the fields of Belet Wein, Krash and Kogane with the NGO Cosv.

In 1987 the AUCI launched a Health Program, co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in favor of the Embu Hospital in Kenya, and more precisely for “Karaba Location” where a nursing training school was set up to update local health care providers and of the social-health counterparts, according to the dictates of the last Congress of Alma Ata.

In the 1990s, the emergence of the armed conflict in the Balkans saw the AUCI engaged in a series of activities, both in the headquarters and on the other side of the Adriatic, through an intense awareness-raising activity and the promotion of micro-projects self-financed logistical support and medical aid, in favor first of the hospitals in Split and Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, and then in Scutari in Albania.

In the same years the AUCI actively collaborated in the establishment of the Center for International Cooperation (ICC) of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Catholic University of Rome, contemplated in the new Statute of the Catholic University and, in 2002, in collaboration with the the same Center, has given life to a self-financed health mission in Pakistan by sending 3 doctors and 2 nurses and a health mission to Guider (Cameroon), also self-financed, with a group of young doctors who have operated in three rural clinics and assisting inmates in the local prison.

SINCE 2004 …

In 2004 the AUCI started a collaboration in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the diocese of Kenge and in support of the activities of Dr. Chiara Castellani, for a health and training project for local operators.
In 2006 he collaborated with the SOS Infancy in the World Association for the launch of a Pediatric Oncology Project in the hospitals of Pec and Djacova in the Kosovo region with the general objective of reducing the number of incorrect diagnoses.
In the same year, the AUCI launched in Romania the “Smart Boys” project which aims to intervene on the high number of young Romanians with results of amputation of arts, left to a destiny of marginalization and poverty.

In February 2007, during an extraordinary Assembly in the presence of Notary Gaddi, the new statute was approved, which was more responsive to the new needs of the association.

In November 2007 the AUCI signed an agreement with the Community of S. Egidio for the realization of the DREAM project in the localities of Kenge and Kimbau, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2008, in collaboration with the CIES, a project was co-financed by the Municipality of Rome on mental health in Mozambique.

In the same year, the AUCI started collaboration with the Camillian NGO “Health and Development” within the project “Fighting HIV / AIDS and poverty diseases” in the district of South Imenti (Kenya), providing personnel doctor for training courses in the hospitals of Nkubu, Tabaka and Karungu.

In 2009-2010 the annual project “Kinshasa street children”, co-financed by the MAE, was implemented and reported.