JERUSALEM, 10 July 2006 – The Government of Japan has committed USD 3.3 million to UNICEF in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for vaccines, newborn health and child nutrition.
Japan’s contribution will go towards preserving immunization coverage, promoting consumption of iodized salt, and improving the quality and delivery of newborn care. It was presented to UNICEF in Jerusalem today by Ambassador Jun Yokota.
"We are grateful to the Japanese Government for its continued support of children in oPt,” said UNICEF Special Representative Dan Rohrmann. “These funds will go a long way toward protecting already vulnerable children from preventable sickness and death.”
The Palestinian health system is suffering from a serious funding crisis that is jeopardizing the delivery of basic services. “In this extremely challenging context, the Japanese support is critical to maintaining the routine, basic health services that keep children alive and thriving,” Rohrmann said.
At the global level, Japan remains one of the largest contributors to UNICEF. The USD 3.3 million donation is the largest thus far for UNICEF oPt.
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 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.