Italy and UNICEF renew support for war-affected children in Libya

Statement from UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, following his first visit to the country

The Government of Italy has contributed Euro 1,000,000 to UNICEF in Libya for supporting a multi-sectoral programme to enhance the quality and delivery of services for conflict affected children and their families. The programme will focus vulnerable children living in under-served areas in Libya such as Sabha and Benghazi.

“Taking care of children, as well as their security and the one of their family, is the best investment for the future of Libya. Our commitment and support to UNICEF in Libya demonstrates the strong will of the Italian Cooperation to support the stabilization and ongoing peace process in that country,” said Flavio Lovisolo, Regional BUREAU Director, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and Mauritania.

“We are grateful to the government of Italy for the generous and very much needed contribution, which will allow UNICEF to reach additional 10,000 vulnerable children and their families through child protection, education and health care programmes,” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya.

This contribution will be used to establish child friendly spaces, assist vulnerable children to continue their education in a conducive learning environment in spite of the conflict and displacement in the east and the south. In addition, the fund will support the access to basic primary health care services for conflict-affected women and children as well as strengthening the capacity of health providers in Immunization, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health in the country.

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