CPV: As a means to demonstrate solidarity with the populations affected by the heavy floods that recently struck central Vietnam causing great damage to people and infrastructure, the Government of Italy has allocated funds for 124,000 USD in response to an emergency appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Delegation in Vietnam (IFRC), said the Italian Embassy to Hanoi informed on November 5.
The Government of Italy/Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks forward to these funds being used to provide a wide range of relief goods and basic necessities to the victims of the floods and to finance activities of early recovery as rehabilitation of health centers and schools as well as water supply and sanitation facilities, in the framework of the humanitarian assistance programme carried out by the Vietnamese Red Cross.
With regards to the same emergency situation caused by floods in central Vietnam the Government of Italy had in addition previously made available 5 inter agency emergency kits (IEHK) in response to an emergency request of the World Health Organization. These kits are designed to meet the first primary healthcare needs of displaced populations not being able to have access to medical facilities. Each of the five kits provides medicines and medical devices for 10,000 people for approximately 3 months.
These gestures of support demonstrate the deep feelings of friendship and simpathy between the Italian and Vietnamese people and are the third emergency intervention in Vietnam approved by the Italian Government in just over two years, after the 1.4 million USD grant donated on the aftermath of typhoon Kammuri in 2008, which was successfully used to finance 15 small to medium infrastructure projects in the northern provinces of Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai, and after the 280,000 USD grant in 2009 to the International Federation of the Red Cross to finance the implementation of relief programmes in favour of the populations affected by typhoon Ketsana.
Moreover it must be noted that in some of the regions affected by the heavy floods (Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Tri) Italy is already engaged in carrying out at communal, district and provincial level, the implementation of projects totally worth about 30 million USD, in support of vocational training and public health services, as well as for the upgrade of Hue's College of Medicine and Pharmacy, which were agreed in December 2009 on the occasion of the State visit to Italy of Mr Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
This includes support to the Carlo Urbani project in Hue aimed at the implementation of a state of the art clinical center for the diagnosis and therapy of high risk respiratory infections, such as SARS, tuberculosis, avian and swine influenza.