Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory, 27 December 2012 – Thanks to generous support from the government of Japan, UNICEF has now completed the delivery of life-saving pediatric drugs and medical supplies into Gaza. The deliveries started one week after the end of the hostilities last month.
“Forty-three lifesaving and critically-needed drugs to treat wounded and sick children were delivered in Gaza to address the chronic shortage of medicines, which was made critical by the 8-day escalation of violence last month” said Jean Gough, UNICEF-oPt Special Representative.
"We hope this will contribute to the stabilization of the situation in Gaza that is important for the progress of the Middle East Peace Process" said Mr. Junya Matsuura, Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority.
More than 40% of essential drugs and more than half of medical consumables were already out of stock before the start of hostilities last month. The Japanese contribution of USD $1,240,000 will help respond to this chronic shortage; it also includes the delivery of therapeutic milk, of coagulation blood factors for children and of 53 medical disposables.
It is part of a Japanese grant of USD $16 million to provide critical support to women and children in the occupied Palestinian territory in 2012, in partnership with UNICEF.