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UNICEF thanks Kuwait for US$53 million in urgent assistance to the children of Syria

NEW YORK, 16 April 2013 – UNICEF today welcomed the Government of Kuwait's contribution of US$53 million that will serve as an urgently needed lifeline for millions of Syrian children.

The timely contribution arrived just as funding for critical health, water and sanitation and education was running out. The number of children in need has increased dramatically over the past three months and will rise further as long as the conflict continues. Currently, more than 2.3 million Syrian children are in need of humanitarian assistance either inside the country or in the region.
“We are extremely grateful to the Kuwaiti Government,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt. "Their generous contribution will have an enormous impact on the lives of Syrian children. With this we can now sustain vital programmes as needs continue to rise sharply.”

UNICEF will use the Kuwaiti funds to provide safe water and sanitation facilities to protect Syrian families from disease, and to continue immunization campaigns against measles and polio. The funds will also support continued learning opportunities for thousands of children, and urgently-needed counselling for children distressed by their experiences of conflict.


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: http://www.unicef.org

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For more information, please contact:

Peter Smerdon, UNICEF New York, Tel + 1 212 303 7984, Mobile: + 1 917 213 5188, psmerdon@unicef.org

Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, Tel: + 1212 326 7452, Mobile +1 917 378 2128 kdonovan@unicef.org

Simon Ingram, UNICEF Regional Office, Tel: +962-79-590-4740, singram@unicef.org




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