Government of Japan and UNICEF announce new partnership

This partnership will contribute to the Egyptian Government led efforts to support children and families in North Sinai & Ismailia

21 February 2023
This partnership will contribute to the Egyptian Government led efforts to support children and families in North Sinai & Ismailia
UNICEF/Egypt 2023

Cairo, Egypt 21 February 2023 – Today, the Government of Japan and UNICEF announce a new partnership which aims at providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable children and families in the Governorates of North Sinai and Ismailia.  Ensuring access to basic services, including education, health, nutrition, as well as protection services, with the contribution of 90 million yen (approximately 833,333 US Dollars) by the Government of Japan.

H.E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said “the partnership with Japan and the UNICEF focuses on access to health, nutrition and sanitation services, all important people-centric development goals. This is in line with the strategic priorities of the 2023-2027 United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), which is underpinned by the Government of Egypt’s national and sectoral strategies.”

The intervention will each nearly 52,000 people in North Sinai and Ismailia with child protection services as well as quality health and nutrition interventions through well-trained health workers and equipped primary health care units. ľhis includes the enhancement of wateí, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities through better access, improved infection prevention training and distribution of essential supplies.

The programme will boost ongoing efforts to strengthen effective healthcare services as well as routine immunization. On a parallel front, health workers will be supported though essential trainings on nutrition and wasting prevention.

Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families in North Sinai & Ismailia
UNICEF/Egypt 2023/Ibrahim Mohamed

H.E. Mr. OKA Hiroshi, Ambassador of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt, underlined, “coping with the unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19 and the War in Ukraine, we must work together to minimize its negative impacts from the human security perspective, including food security, so that all individuals can live with dignity. Globally, Japan is committed to working together with international partners and stakeholders to bring about a more inclusive and more resilient society that leaves no one behind. We will continue to provide nutritional and health assistances for the most vulnerable people especially those who are living in the remote areas such as North Sinai and Ismailia.”

The Government of Japan and UNICEF have been jointly working since March 2021 in close coordination with the Egyptian Government to alleviate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the children and families living in vulnerable conditions in North Sinai.

“The contribution from the Government of Japan is instrumental in our joint efforts to address the adverse impact of the Ukraine crisis on children in vulnerable conditions,” said Mr. Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. “Remarkable progress in combatting undernutrition in Egypt has been made with significant decreases in the rates of stunting, wasting, underweight and overweight among under five children by 2021. Nevertheless, nutrition continues to be a focus and there is more work to do to ensure that every child grows up well nourished. Investing in a healthy future for all children in Egypt is of utmost importance to us. We are concerned that the soaring food prices will compromise food security and nutrition for families and their children in Egypt as in many other countries. We will continue to work with the Government of Egypt, and our development partners, to ensure that all children have access to essential services, including clean water, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and overall health”, added Mr. Hopkins.

With Japan’s generous contribution, UNICEF will engage communities on the importance of proper nutrition. Healthcare workers will also be provided technical support in using digital tools to help in reporting and monitoring.

UNICEF will also be working with the Ministry of Social Solidarity to provide the needed support to children at risk as well as those who have experienced issues with counseling and case management services.

This one-year intervention continues the strong partnership Japan has with UNICEF to improve the lives of all children and their families living in North Sinai and Ismailia.

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Hala Abu Khatwa
Advocacy & Communications Manager
UNICEF Egypt

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