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Emergency global NGO facility approved in Venice

Italian group will have new space on the Giudecca

24 March, 15:42
Emergency global NGO facility approved in Venice (ANSA) - Venice, March 24 - An Italian health care non-governmental organization calling itself Emergency won approval Monday to establish its international headquarters in Venice.

The global group was given a nine-year lease by the City of Venice and says it plans to provide emergency medical treatment to people without other options.

Emergency has made its name assisting civilian victims of war in such states of Afghanistan, Iraq and the Central African Republic.

Venice mayor Giorgio Orsini called the group's efforts "an initiative that I consider very important for the city, not only symbolically but also in practice" Gino Strada, founder of Emergency, is an Italian surgeon whose group has treated more than six million patients in war-torn regions as well as through Italian clinics in Marghera near Venice, Palermo and in the Calabrian city of Polistena.

"I am very intrigued by the idea that Venice will become the capital of human rights and peace because I believe that it has all the requirements," said Strada.