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The Government of the Republic of Korea donates Taka 14 crore to UNICEF for maternal and newborn care

© UNICEF/2010/Ahsan Khan
UNICEF Representative Carel de Rooy and KOICA Resident Representative Lee Jung Wook at the signing ceremony to recongnize KOICA’s donation to UNICEF Bangladesh.
Dhaka, 23 December, 2010.  Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) yesterday donated Taka 14 crore (USD 2 million) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Bangladesh to support home-based maternal and newborn care interventions.

Mr. Lee Jung Wook, KOICA Resident Representative, signed the agreement together with UNICEF Representative, Carel de Rooy, during a brief ceremony held in Dhaka. It is the first time that UNICEF Bangladesh receives a grant from the Republic of Korea.

“We are hoping that this contribution will help accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 on the reduction of child mortality,” said Mr. Lee Jung Wook.  “It will also further strengthen the partnership between the Republic of Korea and Bangladesh.”

The donation will be used to provide a package of health interventions to an annual target population of 734,000, including 25,700 pregnant women, 20,200 Newborn babies, 37,100 children under two years of age, and over 180,000 women between 15-49 years of age.

In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW), UNICEF will work to promote antenatal care, skilled delivery at birth, post-natal care, home and community-based essential newborn care as well as maternal nutrition. Another objective will be to strengthen facility-based newborn care by ensuring that public health facilities will have a newborn care unit.

“I would like to extend UNICEF’s gratitude and thanks for KOICA’s generous support which will help consolidate our health and nutrition programme in Bangladesh, said Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Representative. “Neonatal deaths still account for more than half of all under-five deaths, therefore it is critical to address this issue in order to further reduce child mortality.’
UNICEF has been supporting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) for the development of the National Neonatal Health Strategy and Guidelines, along with the National Action Plan. Currently three large initiatives for maternal, neonatal and child health are being implemented by UNICEF, covering almost one third of all districts.

Please contact for more information:
• Arifa S. Sharmin, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh, Tel: 9336701-10 Ext: 442,
• Md Mostafijur Rahman, KOICA Programme Officer, Tel: 988 46 90 E-mail:



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