PM Barzani promises new autism center for children in Erbil

Allocates more than $500,000
A child diagnosed with autism in Erbil, April 2, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Friday (October 23) that $585,240 has been allocated for an autism center in Erbil.

Barzani said in a tweet that the center will ensure that “all children with autism receive the support” that they need.

“We plan to invest in centers across our region,” he added.

In April 2019, the Kurdistan Autism Group said that there are only three government centers for autistic children in the Region and that nearly 100 families have taken their children abroad to receive treatment over the last three years.

At the time, families of the children told NRT that they cannot afford to take their children to private centers because they are too expensive.

As many as 2,800 children have been diagnosed with autism in the Kurdistan Region.

(NRT Digital Media)