Italy’s first ever national institute for the promotion of the health of the country’s immigrants was opened on January 8th. It’s an initiative that has value and significance. Said Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano, who spoke at the institute’s inauguration in Rome. According to Napolitano, any policy concerning immigration must include integration and fighting poverty. Besides helping the immigration and poor population in Italy with issues of health, the institute will also be involved in research into the promotion of health, implementation of professional healthcare programs, and health education. The new institute will work with the World Health Organization on research and treatment of diseases affecting those in poverty in developing countries.

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