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The Government of Japan donates US$4 million to support the rehabilitation of schools and health centres in the Republic of the Congo

BRAZZAVILLE, 24 March 2008 -  The Government of Japan has announced a grant of more than US$4 million, or 1.8 billion francs CFA, via UNICEF, to support free primary education and to promote primary health care in the Republic of the Congo.

This funding, from the Government of Japan’s Grant Aid scheme for community empowerment, will give some 6,650 pupils access to primary education and will ensure that Congolese students benefit from child-friendly and girl-friendly schools that possess essential school equipment, school supplies, safe water and latrines.

The grant will also fund the opening of seven new community day care centers that are expected to service some 500 children aged between three and five, along with eight health centers to provide quality care to Congolese women and children.

Since 2003, the Government of Japan, through UNICEF, has supported the Congolese Government’s purchases of insecticide impregnated nets and other essential commodities that have contributed to substantial progress in malaria control in Congo.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 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 further information, please contact:
Section Communication: Jean Marie Samuel OUENABIO Tel (242)551.26.87
Saira Khan, UNICEF Media, Tel + 212 326 7224, Email sskhan@unicef.org





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