12th OCTOBER 2016. During a brief ceremony at "Paediatric Oncology in Kosovo", the
cancer ward of Pristina’s Children’s hospital, a plaque was dedicated to the memory of
Major Nicola Ciardelli killed on active duty in Iraq on April 27 of 2006.
The ceremony was attended by COMKFOR Major General Giovanni Fungo, the sister of
Major Ciardelli, Federica - President of ''Associazione Nicola Ciardelli", the Kosovo
Minister for Health Mr. Imet Rrahmani, the Italian Ambassador H.E. Piero Christopher
SARDI, Dr. Lawrence Faulkner (scientific coordinator) of the Foundation "Cure2Children",
the Deputy Mayor of Campi Bisenzio (FI) Eleonora Ciabellotti and by the medical and
nursing staff of the hospital with the children recovered from male.
COMKFOR stated that "Italian soldiers, KFOR soldiers, when there is a child we stop to
help them, support their families and local doctors”. He also added, "we have the
mentality and the means to do it more quickly, no matter what is our mission for the world
" and noting the competence of the Italian military in creating the atmosphere to facilitate
this assistance. He concluded: "here there are the best resources of Italy: institutions,
represented by the Ambassador, science, local communities, volunteering, that when we
are abroad we are able to put together in order to get a result. We do this spontaneously,
with ease and continue to do so in this manner".
The project, the restructuring of the Department of Haematology-Oncology Paediatric
Pristina University Hospital, is a collaboration of the two associations, Ciardelli and
Cure2Children with Gemelli Hospital in Rome, the Italian Embassy and the Italian KFOR
military. In the last four years it has been established an active and effective medical unit
which can offer a treatment for children suffering from paediatric conditions and be
capable of assisting up to 40 families. This is a significant starting point, diagnostic and
therapeutic improvements and leading to the continuous professional improvement of
local doctors to achieve the implementation of global standards.