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Ethiopia, 10 June 2013: Japan donates US$11 million for children in Ethiopia

Grant to reach 1 million children with life saving interventions

10 June 2013, Addis Ababa – As evidence of its commitment to partnership and the children of Ethiopia, the Government of Japan, today, announced a major grant of US$11 million to UNICEF. 

The grant aims to save lives, protect livelihoods and build resilience for vulnerable communities affected by drought, food insecurity, floods and displacements through tailored programmes in health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene. Emphasis will be on high risk woredas (districts) facing significant humanitarian threats. 

Commenting on the grant, Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia H.E Hiroyuki Kishino, said; “I sincerely hope that this grant will make an impact in the lives of the most vulnerable children in the country and enhance resilience building efforts especially in the Developing Regional States of Afar, Somali, Benshangul Gumuz and Gambella.” 

Japan’s latest donation will strengthen delivery of life saving measures across Ethiopia through attaining the following results: 

  • One million children supported with vitamin A supplementation, deworming, screening for malnutrition and referral to feeding programmes; 
  • Up to 45,800 severely malnourished children gain access to quality services for management of acute malnutrition;
  • 500,000 children reached with immunization services through procurement of drugs and cold chain equipment; 
  • 250,000 people living in remote areas of the country gain access to improved health care services; 
  • Around 230,000 people assisted with clean drinking water, hygiene and sanitation interventions; 
  • An estimated 30,000 preschool children supported with various school readiness initiatives. 

“This contribution is a tangible demonstration of Japan’s commitment to tackling preventable diseases, delivering vital services and giving children the best chance of a healthy start to life in Ethiopia,” said Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia. He added that the grant was crucial as Ethiopia accelerated its efforts in the last 1000 days before the Millennium Development Goal deadline. 

While Ethiopia has reduced its child deaths by 60 per cent from 198 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 77 per 1000 live births in 2011 and is on track to meet the MDG target of an under-five mortality rate of 62 deaths per 1,000 live births, continued efforts are vital. Bridging regional disparities in under-five deaths is a particular priority. Under five mortality is 53 per 1,000 live births in Addis Ababa and rises to 169 per 1000 live births in Benishangul-Gumuz. Boosting low immunisation coverage in developing regions is another priority; Measles coverage is 34.1 per cent in Afar region compared to 68.2 per cent at the national level. 

The grant is in line with the Government of Japan’s priority to accelerate progress towards the achievement of MDGs, particularly the health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene related goals. The latest contribution brings Japan’s investment to Ethiopia’s children through UNICEF to almost US$ 40 million in the last five years.

About UNICEF: 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:

In June 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States with UNICEF launched a global roadmap to end preventable deaths of children under the age of five. Since then, under the banner of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, more than half the world’s governments have signed up and renewed their commitment to child survival. 

For further information, please contact: 
Alexandra (Sacha) Westerbeek, Communication Manager, UNICEF Ethiopia 
Tel.: +251 11 518 4039, Mobile: +251 911 255109, email: 

Wossen Mulatu, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ethiopia,
Tel.: +251 115 184028, Mobile: +251 911 308483, email:



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