|Kass, southern Darfur: The water in this girl's bucket is of uncertain quality. The Japanese donation will help to improve water quality for these children and others in camps for displaced people.|
As of August 2004, only about half of the 1.5 million people in Darfur who have been forced to flee their homes had access to safe water. This donation means that an additional 150,000 people will have access to safe drinking water from newly built wells and water pumps.
The donation will also help support the construction of sanitation facilities and the provision of basic hygiene education. These will protect children and adults from waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoea, in the Darfur and Eastern Chad regions.
The Government of Japan provided $1 million to UNICEF Sudan for infectious disease control in Darfur, in August 2004. UNICEF has to date received $4.5 million of the overall contribution of $18.5 million which Japan has pledged in response to the Darfur crisis.