Italy Gives 5 Million Euros Soft Loan for Strengthening Ethiopia’s Health Infrastructure

Italy’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Giuseppe Mistretta and MoFEC Minister Admasu Nebebe signing the agreement (PHOTO: ENA)

Addis Ababa (ENA)―Italy has extended 5 million Euros soft loan for strengthening the health infrastructure in Ethiopia.

The health infrastructure enhancing project funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) will be implemented in Addis Ababa administration, Amhara and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional States in 24 months, it was indicated.

During the signing of the agreement today, MoFEC (Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation) State Minister Admasu Nebebe said Ethiopia and Italy have longstanding cooperation that is growing over time.

According to him, the finance will help solve health infrastructural problems in the respective regions where the project is going to be implemented.

Italy’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Giuseppe Mistretta said the “collaboration between Ethiopia and Italy in the field of health has become even more effective and stronger, especially with respect to increasing coverage and improving the quality of preventive and curative health services.”

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He noted that the project will implement strategic activities for the improvement of health services in order to increase health coverage, reduce morbidity, mortality and disability through the provision of sustainable water supply and waste water disposal system in 61 health centers.

The project is also aimed at standardizing methods for health centers on water collection, distribution and waste water management, the ambassador added.

According to Giuseppe Mistretta, Italy will give Ethiopia about 125 million Euros in grant and soft loan from 2017 to 2019.

Source: ENA
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