HERAT, SEPTEMBER 5 – The “Taurinense” Alpini Brigade’s Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) branch of the Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, organized and delivered 400 kg of generic medicines to sanitation facilities in Herat, in support to the Afghan population. The drugs were provided by the Italian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Banco Farmaceutico.
The distribution was carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Fariba Seddiqi, the Head of the Civil Hospital of the Gozarah district and with the Banco Farmaceutico personnel, committed to the donation of medicines to realities of poor people lacking basic necessities for survival. The aid has been distributed to small healthcare facilities and clinics in the neighborhood where the Italian contingent base is located.
A brief ceremony, attended by General Massimo Biagini, commander of TAAC West, took place before the aid delivery, and involved the elder people coming from the neighboring villages. The elders, who in Afghanistan have a significant social and institutional role in their communities, met with General Biagini, and outlined the most urgent issues concerning the families living in their villages. They also expressed their gratitude to the Italian contingent for the distribution of the medicine cargo.
Over the years the Italian contingent in Herat has established profitable and constant relationships with the Herat Healthcare Department and also with the NGOs working locally in health care support. The ongoing cooperation is focused on urgent health care projects but it also includes investments in prevention and information campaign.
The assistance to the population, realized with the support of the experts of the Multinational CIMIC Group, a joint combined Unit of the Italian Army specialized in Civil-Military Cooperation, is an activity happening hand in hand with the main focus of the Resolute Support Mission consisting of training and assisting the Afghan Security Forces. (@OnuItalia)