Japan supports UNICEF to improve children’s access to nutrition and WASH services in Nsanje District

19 December 2022
A child being assessed for malnutrition
UNICEF Malawi/2022

LILONGWE, 18 December 2022 – The Government of Japan is supporting UNICEF Malawi Country Office with MK392 million (USD380, 000) to improve access to food, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services while responding to the developmental needs of children in emergency situations emanating from climate-related shocks.

This initiative will run from January to December 2023 under the ‘Integrated Nutrition and Climate Resilient WASH Interventions – Breaking the Cycle of Malnutrition and WASH-related diseases’ project. The project targets Nsanje District, and its key focus will be on the most vulnerable children and women.

The Government of Japan indicated that the programme aligns with its priority on global health and food security as addressed during TICAD 8 (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) held on 27th and 28th August this year.

Through this programme, UNICEF can provide lifesaving support to cholera-affected districts through an integrated approach focusing on health, WASH, food and nutrition.

 “Recent climate shocks such as the tropical storms have left children in Malawi in an even harsher condition. Japan is pleased to partner with UNICEF Malawi for the improvement of various issues children are facing and hopes that the support will reach those most in need,” said Mr. Seiji Tashiro, Chargés d'affaires ad interim, the Embassy of Japan in Malawi.

UNICEF Malawi’s Representative Rudolf Schwenk said the Government of Japan’s contribution would be instrumental in saving children’s lives and supporting the most vulnerable children and women in Malawi.

“The Government of Japan has been a long-standing partner for UNICEF Malawi. Japan has been supporting Digital Health Systems for Infectious Diseases Control, the COVID-19 response plan and UNICEF’s immediate response activities to floods caused by Cyclone Idai in 2019. We are thankful to the people of Japan for the support,” said Mr Schwenk.

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