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Italian-led PRT Assists Women's Affairs Department in Herat Province

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NEWS RELEASE

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

2010-01-CA-070

For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 16) - The Italian-led Herat Provincial Reconstruction Team recently offered a birthing class for nomad women in the area.

Afghan and PRT doctors taught the course at Camp Vianini in collaboration with the Women's Affairs Department. The course covered how to attend to a woman giving birth.

There are an estimated 1.5 million nomads in Herat province and a large number of them don't get appropriate medical care.

The PRT also gave 19,500 Euros to the Women's Affairs Department for its restructuring. Manija Sadiqi, chief of the department, other local authorities and members of the PRT recently attended an inauguration ceremony.

"This program is making possible social and economical development for women," said Sadiqi. "Thank you for all you do in favor of Afghan population."

In other projects for Afghan women, the PRT donated about 1,800 kg of saffron seeds to the Saffron Women Cultivators Association and several sewing machines to the Wahdat Women's Union.

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