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As donors for the Open Hospitals project in Syria, we are invited to the related conference in Rome

Open Hospitals in Syria:
to provide medical care and to rebuild a community 

Rome, Friday, September 2, 2022, Palace of the Chancellery, 2:30 – 6:00 PM

Let’s not forget Syria and the Syrians. 2022 marks the fifth anniversary of the Open Hospitals project in Syria, now it is time to assess our progress and listen to the words of the Syrian people who make it possible. Based on the intuition of Card. Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Syria, supported by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, implemented by AVSI, funded by a network of donors, this project provided free medical treatment to more than 75,000 people. 



  • Card. Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches
  • Alessandra Smerilli, Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

The project

  • Marco Perini, AVSI MENA Regional Manager 
  • Joseph Fares, Director of the Italian Hospital in Damascus
  • Arcangela Orsetti, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, Saint Louis Hospital in Aleppo
  • Father Fady Azar, Franciscan, Lattakia Dispensary
  • Marina Sereni, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

The donors

  • Don Leonardo Di Mauro, Director, Italian Bishops’ Conference’s Service for Charitable Action in the Third World
  • Ariane Slinger, Trustee, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust
  • H.E. Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, Ambassador of Hungary to the Holy See
  • Pier Luigi Manocchio, General Council, Third Pillar Foundation


  • Card. Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus

Moderator: Enzo Romeo, Editor-in-chief and Vaticanist, Tg2-Rai