The Italian Almanac

UNICEF in Africa

Italian News - February 9

Italian Ambassador to Namibia Arnaldo Abeti yesterday officially handed over a grant of US$170,000 from the government of Italy to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for its programme of cooperation with the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services in its emergency response initiatives.

The support from Italy comes after an appeal was made by UNICEF during 2004 to assist the Ministry in the humanitarian crises caused by the combined effects of chronic drought and floods coupled with the multiple impacts of HIV and AIDS in the country.

The received funds would be used in preparedness of possible Caprivi floods and the establishment of a nutrition and food security surveillance system. Provision of training and capacity development of health workers are another area that would be addressed.