Italy donates to rehabilitation of those disabled in Mosul conflict

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday a contribution of €500,000 from the Government of Italy to support rehabilitation services for people who suffered disabilities as a result of the conflict in Mosul.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a contribution of €500,000 from the Government of Italy to support rehabilitation services for people who suffered disabilities as a result of the conflict in Mosul.

"This needed funding will help to establish a prosthetics and rehabilitation center in Hamdaniya district south-east Mosul," read the statement, released on Monday. "The ten-month project aims to provide over 450 people including 50 under five and 300 above five years old children with specialized medical care and rehabilitation services."

The newly established center will be designed to streamline the identification and treatment plans of patients in need of prosthesis in Nineveh province, ensuring better case management and medical follow up procedures.

Recent national health statistics indicate the presence of approximately 4800 amputation cases in Mosul requiring urgent treatment.

“The conflict in Mosul has affected tens of thousands of people who are in need of specialized rehabilitation services,” said WHO Representative in Iraq Altaf Musani.

He continued, “The establishment of this rehabilitation center will ensure the availability of postoperative, post-traumatic, and rehabilitation services for amputees."

After a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Kurdistan Region in November, Italy sent three planes of humanitarian aid to help those living in affected areas.