Japan provides US$ 2.65 million to protect Myanmar children's health
Funds pledged to UNICEF for HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, child vaccination
YANGON, 22 November, 2006 – The Government of Japan has pledged US$ 2.65 million to UNICEF in Myanmar to support immunization, malaria prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention efforts for children in 2007.
Today, His Excellency Mr Nobutake Odano, Ambassador of Japan, and the UNICEF Representative in Myanmar, Mr Ramesh Shrestha, signed an Agreement to Improve Maternal and Child Health Care Services, in the presence of Ministry of Health officials.
“Many of the diseases which kill children are preventable and treatable,” Mr Shrestha said. “Funds from the Japanese Government will help protect Myanmar’s children from HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhoea and other life-threatening diseases.”
“Japan has been a key supporter of Myanmar’s children for many years now,” he said. “Today’s grant brings the total amount provided by the Japanese Government to UNICEF’s health program in Myanmar to more than $US29 million since 1999. This is a major investment indeed in the health of Myanmar’s children and their mothers.”
Japan’s latest pledge will allow UNICEF and its health partners in Myanmar to:
Assistance will also be used to monitor the implementation of these child and maternal health programs, to help ensure those most in need are reached.
“UNICEF thanks Japan for its strong leadership, commitment and financial support in the collective work to save children’s lives in Myanmar,” Mr Shrestha said.
Susan Aitkin, Communication Officer, UNICEF Myanmar.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishes that children have the right to life, health treatment and maximum survival. Myanmar ratified the CRC in 1991.