Japan contributes nearly $1.6 million to UNICEF’s COVID-19 response in Egypt
CAIRO, 29 September 2020 – The Government of Japan has contributed nearly $1.6 million to support UNICEF’s COVID-19 emergency response to keep children and their families safe and to support frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic.
This generous support was part of the discussions that took place today between H.E. Masaki Noke, Ambassador of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Mr. Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.
Overall the programme will protect nearly 1.3 million people who come into contact with healthcare workers through distribution of PPE, in addition to reaching 150,000 people with advice on how to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, training for 1,000 healthcare workers on infection prevention and control, and ensuring continued access to primary healthcare services such as immunization, prenatal and postnatal care, HIV care and GBV response. Through the support of the Government of Japan, UNICEF will also support 6,000 children with home-based and distance learning opportunities to ensure continuity of education.
“During this unprecedented global emergency, it is critical for UNICEF to prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We thank the Government of Japan for their continuous support. Their generous contribution will help us address the spread of COVID-19 and save lives”, said Jeremy Hopkins, Representative, UNICEF Egypt.
“In the midst of this unprecedented human security crisis, we need to take an inclusive approach based on the philosophy of human security, which focuses on the protection and empowerment of each person without leaving nobody behind. This assistance not only enhances the capability of frontline healthcare workers in dealing with COVID-19, but also provides support for the most vulnerable such as women and children who are more susceptible to its secondary impacts. School closures and a loss of income due to the pandemic are affecting mental health of women and children, their access to essential health services, and children’s access to education among others. Japan will continue to closely work with the Government of Egypt and UNICEF.” Masaki NOKE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Egypt noted.
With this support, UNICEF has so far procured and delivered personal protective equipment (PPE) to several hospitals and health care units across the country. The PPE delivered includes 1.9 million gloves, and around one million surgical masks to equip and protect around one million healthcare workers and their patients.
UNICEF has also supported the efforts led by the Ministry of Health and Population to provide online trainings for more than 550 healthcare professionals tackling infection prevention and control through the project.
UNICEF is also responding with partners to misinformation, promoting awareness and healthy hygiene practices among communities. Toward that end, UNICEF has identified and trained youth volunteers to curb COVID-19 community transmission, and to promptly respond to false information.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/egypt/.