Bissau, 18 April 2011 – A joint project to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene to 60,000 people was launched by the Government of Guinea Bissau, UNICEF and the European Union on the 18th of April 2011. Apart from the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Head of the EU Delegation in the country and UNICEF's Country Representative, the ceremony was attended by different government authorities, representatives of the Embassies of Spain, France and Portugal as well as various NGOs.
The EU's decision to fund this project submitted by UNICEF in the context of the call for proposals under the EUWF is an example of the continuous commitment of the EU and its member states in supporting the fulfilment of the MDGs in Guinea Bissau.
The EU will establish the water facility with funding of 200 million Euros to ensure that more and more people have access to potable water and basic sanitation.
During 3 years, the project will benefit about 60.000 people in the regions of Quinara and Tombali, which are among the most in need in the country with regards to water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
The partnership between the EU and UNICEF in Guinea Bissau will meet the needs of the most vulnerable, and fits into UNICEF's national strategy to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
The project supports and strengthens the capacities of institutions and authorities at national, regional and local levels. Also, it strengthens the capacities of NGOs and the private sector to deliver quality services.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For more information, please contact:
Maria Copani, UNICEF Brussels,
Tel +32 (0)2 2130071