Government of Japan continues to support vulnerable children in South Sudan
Contribution of USD 38 million to support humanitarian preparedness and response since 2009 through UNICEF
Juba, South Sudan, 4 July 2013 – “I have been vaccinating children for over 20 years and every day is a different experience. Without the support from the Japanese people, I would not be able to make an impact in improving the lives of children of South Sudan,” said Joyce Saima Lokudu, a vaccinator at St. Martha Primary Health Care Center in Yei, Central Equatoria.
Joyce is just one of the many voices thanking the people of Japan for their continued support to South Sudan’s children and women.
The Government of Japan through its supplementary budget in the Japanese fiscal year of 2012 has contributed USD 13 million to UNICEF to support humanitarian operations throughout the country. As part of this contribution, today, the Government of Japan announced that about USD 4 million of health and nutrition supplies will be donated through UNICEF to the Ministry of Health. The supplies include vaccines, injection materials, and cold chain equipment to support vaccination; clean delivery kits to be used in assisting women giving birth; therapeutic food to treat severely malnourished children; and malaria control supplies like long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets and anti-malarial drugs.
Since 2009, the Government of Japan is UNICEF South Sudan’s largest government donor in the area of humanitarian assistance with a contribution of USD 38 million to support multi-sectoral humanitarian action in the domains of health, nutrition, education, child protection and provision of clean water and sanitation facilities, as well as, hygiene promotion for vulnerable communities throughout South Sudan.
“The Government of Japan is pleased to hear and see that our assistance through UNICEF is clearly making a difference for children and women in South Sudan. In June this year, Japan hosted the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICADⅤ) in order to promote African development under the principles of African “ownership”, international “partnership” and “human security” as an overarching concept. 51 African country representatives including the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit actively participated in the discussion. In this conference, Japan announced its assistance package to Africa which is focusing on humanitarian assistance as one of the main pillars. Demonstrating our commitment to support people in need to the earliest and utmost possible, we opened our Embassy in Juba on 1st July 2013.” said Mr Takeshi Akamatsu, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Embassy of Japan in the Republic of South Sudan.
Last year, South Sudan faced numerous challenges due to economic and political tensions which led to austerity measures, displacement of over 170,000 people because of internal conflicts and an influx of over 175,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan putting a strain on the already over-stretched infrastructure and social amenities. Despite these challenges, UNICEF and partner response in humanitarian interventions in emergencies yielded tangible results for the most vulnerable children and women of South Sudan.
“UNICEF is extremely grateful to the people of Japan for their continued support to the children and women of South Sudan. Through this generous contribution, UNICEF together with the Ministry of Health and partners was able to make a difference in the lives of emergency-affected people in 2012. Over 3 million children were immunized; 44,000 people benefitted from access to safe water; 5,000 malnourished children were provided with life-saving treatment and about 45,000 children received child protection services like psycho-social support and family tracing,” said UNICEF’s Representative, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque.
“We have maintained polio-free status during the last four years and implemented a range of maternal and child health care programmes – thanks to the contribution from the people of Japan. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, the Ministry of Health in particular, would like to thank the Government of Japan and UNICEF for supporting crucial health services in this young nation. We are committed to saving the lives of the women and children of this new nation,” concluded Dr. Makur Kariom, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health.
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Results of 2012 activities funded by the Government of Japan
1) Procurement of vaccines and injection materials: A total of 185,000 vials of oral polio vaccine, 2,000 doses of yellow fever vaccine, and 356,000 pieces of 0.5 mls AD syringes were procured. In addition, various spare parts for the cold chain, enough for the repair and maintenance of about 100 fridges as well as 40 solar refrigerators were also procured and transported.
2) Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the state Ministries of Health (SMOH): 5 health and nutrition specialists provided technical support to the SMOH in the 10 states in planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of immunization campaigns. UNICEF also provided logistical support including transportation of vaccines, injection and other essential supplies for implementation of immunization campaigns.
3) Support training of health workers and vaccinators on appropriate immunization practices: A total of 120 health workers, vaccinators and cold chain assistants were trained in all 10 states on immunization practices, cold chain and effective vaccine management.
4) Carry out social mobilization and advocacy activities to increase the uptake of immunization services: Social mobilization and advocacy activities were carried out alongside immunization campaigns in all 10 states. Funding from the Government of Japan was used to procure some information, education and communication materials and support community mobilization to increase uptake of immunization services especially in 5 states with high numbers of measles cases.
5) Procure and pre-position Primary Health Care Unit kits, bet nets, and de-worming tablets: With Government of Japan funding a total of 350 PHCU kits were procured and 228,550 doses of anti-malaria drugs enough for the treatment of about 220,000 cases of malaria. In addition, 20,000 treated mosquito nets were procured enough to benefit at least 10,000 households.
6) Provide lifesaving maternal and new born health services to pregnant women, through provision of supplies, support to Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and community mobilization activities: Government of Japan funding allowed UNICEF to procure and transport 46 midwifery kits enough to support 1,300 deliveries; 3,682 packages of iron and folic acid tablets used for prevention of anaemia which reached about 100,000 pregnant women; 268 packages of fansidar tables for malaria prophylaxis reaching 92,000 pregnant women; and 61,400 Mebendazole tablets for deworming for 31,000 pregnant women. In addition, 290 HIV test kits as well as various surgical equipment used for basic and emergency obstetric care such as 28 surgical sets used in deliveries, dressing and cervical examinations were procured.
1) Procurement and pre-positioning of emergency nutrition therapeutic supplies and micronutrient supplements with Implementing Partners: A total of 5,000 cartons of ready-to-use therapeutic food together with 280,000 packages of multiple micronutrient powders for children under-5 was procured and transported.
2) Provide technical support to NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in nutrition assessment and response: Technical support was provided to NGOs and CBOs and Ministry of Health in conducting nutrition assessment and implementing Integrated Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (IMSAM) on an on-going basis through specific trainings and on the job mentorship by UNICEF staff.
3) Support training of health and nutrition workers in the Northern states in organization and management of facility and community based treatment of malnutrition programmes: A total of 53 health workers from the SMOH and partner organizations were trained on IMSAM and 22 health workers from SMOH and partners were also trained on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices (IYCF).
4) Conduct Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) surveys and rapid assessments: A total of 25 SMART surveys were conducted across the country in 2012 along with 28 rapid assessments. In addition, several monitoring and supportive visits were conducted by UNICEF staff to identify the gaps and improve the quality of the programme.
5) Facilitate state-level nutrition cluster coordination: Routine monthly coordination meetings were held at State level in 5 states (NBG, Unity, Upper Nile, Lakes and Warrap) from May to November 2012. The SMOH and NGO partners regularly attended the meetings which allowed for information exchange and coordination of interventions.
In 1993, Japan launched TICAD to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners on issues facing Africa, such as economic development, poverty and conflict. TICAD has since evolved into a major global framework to facilitate the implementation of measures for promoting African development under the principles of African “ownership”, international “partnership” and human security as an overarching concept. Since its inception, Japan has hosted the summit-level conference every five years. TICAD V was held in Yokohama, Japan, on June 1-3, 2013. For more information about TICAD visit: http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/africa/ticad/index.html
UNICEF works in more than 190 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: http://www.unicef.org/southsudan.
For further information, please contact:
Siddhartha Shrestha, Chief, Strategic Communication, UNICEF South Sudan
Hisako Ishizaki, First Secretary, Economic Cooperation Section, Embassy of Japan in the Republic of South Sudan