Campaigns Against Polio, Measles and MalariaKHARTOUM, 2 August 2004; The Japanese Government has announced the donation of $3.77 million (423 million Yen) for UNICEF in Sudan for campaigns to eradicate polio, combat measles, and reduce malaria.
While the money will be used for national coverage, special emphasis will be put on the increasing needs of people in the three states of Darfur.
Specifically, the grant will be used to:
“We are pleased to see that we have been able to maintain our collaboration with our partners and join hands to help the Sudanese children get rid of these child-killer diseases.” said Mr. Masayuki Makiya, the Ambassador of Japan to the Sudan.
With support from Japan and other partners, Sudan has been implementing massive immunization campaigns in the last few years. While no polio case has been reported since 2001, measles and malaria are still big challenges.
Up to 30% of Sudanese children under five are estimated to be affected by measles, with some 15,000-30,000 deaths each year. Sudan is also malaria-prone, with between one and two fifths of primary health care patients seeking care for the disease.
The handover ceremony will take place on Monday, 2nd August, at the Japanese Embassy in Khartoum, in the presence of senior officials from the Sudanese Ministries of International Co-operation, Health and Humanitarian Affairs, as well as WHO and UNFPA.
The Ministry of Health is supported by a global partnership comprised of UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International and the U.S. Centre for Disease Control. Japan has been a major contributor to the polio eradication programme in Sudan for several years.
For more information, please contact:
Gordon Weiss, UNICEF Khartoum, 249- 83- 482325, Ext. 450