Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini has issued instructions for 1.75 million euros to be allocated for emergency projects to meet the grave humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The Minister was acting in liaison with Deputy Minister Lapo Pistelli through the Directorate General for Development Cooperation.
One project, to which Italy will contribute 500,000 euros, will be implemented through the World Health Organisation to bring immediate medical assistance to tens of thousands of civilians displaced from the Mosul region. The assistance will include medical supplies and a vaccination campaign, measures to boost basic health services in the Nineveh Governorate, epidemiological monitoring and hygiene education.
Italy will also be providing 250,000 for the World Food Programme’s food distribution initiative on behalf of 43,000 displaced persons within the Governorate.
The third set of initiatives receiving Italian aid, in this case of 1 million euros, is an imminent project in the health and education sectors for refugees, mainly from Syria, in camps in the provinces of Duhok, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah.