Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS) and the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital sign agreement to treat severely-ill Libyan children in Italy
An agreement signed on 7 April between the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital (OPBG) provides for the reception and treatment in Italy of young Libyan patients with serious diseases.
The agreement, worth 2.4 million Euro, is part of the Italian Cooperation project “Emergency intervention for Libyan children suffering from serious diseases”, promoted by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Sereni.
The agreement will allow 25 pediatric patients, who cannot be treated in Libya, to be taken to Italy and assisted by the Bambino Gesù Hospital. The children will receive health care, social and psychological assistance and school courses adapted to their needs.
In this way, patients suffering from serious diseases – accompanied in Italy by a parent or legal guardian – will have access to life-saving care of extreme urgency in areas of excellence of the Bambino Gesù Hospital.
The little patients will be identified through the Italian Embassy in Tripoli in close coordination with the Pediatric Hospitals in Tripoli, Benghazi, Sebha and Kufr, which will share relevant medical information, and provide support for the continuation of care and treatment once they return to Libya.
Arabic-speaking cultural mediators will facilitate proper communication between the young patients, their families and the hospital staff.
In addition, an e-learning program has been developed through collaboration between the OPBG and the World Health Organisation.. The course, translated into Arabic and English, has seen to date the participation of over 200 nurses from Libya.
Thanks to MedTraining – the OPBG’s platform that offers distance medical training for developing countries – Libyan healthcare personnel can take advantage of training programs for professional updating in the pediatric field.
The initiative is the result of a partnership between these same parties that was started in 2019, that has so far been able to offer treatment to 12 young Libyans with onco-hematological diseases.