KABUL, FEBRUARY 22 – New hope for babies born with congenital heart disease in Afghanistan. Thanks to a project financed by the Italian Cooperation, the first public center specialized in neonatal heart surgery will be built from scratch in the Indira Gandhi Pediatric Hospital in Kabul. The agreement on the “Program to reduce mothers’ and infants’ death in the provinces of Kabul and Herat” was signed on Feb 21 in Kabul.
The Ministers of Finance of Afghanistan Eklil Ahamad Hakimi, and of Health, Ferozuddin Feroz, took part to the signing ceremony along with the Italian Ambassador, Roberto Cantone, and the Director of the Agency for Cooperation in Kabul, Rosario Centola. The signature is a further testimony of the Italian commitment to the Afghani health system. Since 2001 the Italian Cooperation invested in the field over 22 million Euros.
The new project is worth 4 million Euros over a three years period. Besides the neonatal surgery center, which for the first time will allow to treat cardiopatic babies in the country, the program envisions training activities for the staff both in Italy and in Kabul as well a support network system made possible by the development in telemedicine. (@OnuItalia)