Italy's Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital has signed an agreement with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) for the treatment in Italy of Libyan pediatric patients with serious diseases.

The agreement, worth 2.425 million Euro, is part of an AICS project in favour of Libyan children suffering from serious diseases. It will also allow 25 pediatric patients, who cannot be treated in Libya, to be flown to Italy and assisted by the Bambino Gesù Hospital.

The children will be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, will receive health care, social and psychological assistance, and will be able to continue schooling.

"Arabic-speaking cultural mediators will facilitate proper communication between the young patients, their families and the hospital staff.

Luca Maestripieri, Director of AICS, described, according to Nova agency, the agreement as the result of an effective partnership resulting from the synergy between humanitarian commitment and the clinical excellence provided by a health institution like the Bambino Gesù Hospital.

The Hospital will also take charge of clinical controls, such as Day Hospitals, and will contribute to other expenses the patients and their families face during their time in Rome.

Maestripieri noted that other partners are actively supporting the agreement, namely the AICS office in Tunis, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Tripoli Embassy.