OSH, 17 June 2019 - The Ambassador of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic, Yoshihiro Yamamura, and UNICEF Representative, Yukie Mokuo, handed over two training vehicles equipped with computers, multimedia equipment and education materials to the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Equipment will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry in training children, schools, communities and municipalities on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness. Also, the delegation handed over medical equipment to save the lives of newborns to the maternity hospitals and departments of regional hospitals in the provinces of Batken, Jalal-Abad, Osh and in Osh city. The equipment and materials, for a total value of USD 126,566, are provided under the Project for Supporting Safe Schools Programme, while life-saving equipment, for a total value of USD 850,000 USD, is provided under the Project for Strengthening the Maternal and Child Health Care System, both funded by the Government of Japan.
UNICEF’s school and preschool safety assessment held in 2014 suggested that 85% of education facilities exhibited low safety levels. Following this assessment, a Programme of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic “Safe schools and pre-schools 2015-2024” was adopted. In line with this Programme, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Education and Science and UNICEF are working together on enhancing the resilience of children to emergency situations.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations plays an important role in building capacity of schools and municipalities on disaster risk management. UNICEF is supporting children and youth participation via its volunteer initiative to complement this work. To date, more than 21,000 children in 51 schools across the country enhanced their preparedness skills through the emergency drills that were held with the support of UNICEF volunteers.
Regarding neonatal health, the largest overall reductions in Kyrgyzstan in neonatal mortality rate from 2013 to 2017 was seen in Osh city, with important reductions in Jalalabad and Batken. According to a recent UNICEF report supported by the Government of Japan, the focus on neonatal mortality is fundamental to improve Maternal and Child Health, considering that mortality numbers and rate among neonatal deaths were the highest on the first day of life.
To strengthen the Maternal and Child Health Care System, and as part of the Project of the Government of Japan “Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems”, medical equipment was delivered to 25 hospitals in Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad provinces and Osh city. This equipment is aimed at the care, diagnosis and treatment of newborns and will be delivered to hospitals before the end of June.
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