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UAE Red Crescent - UNICEF sign agreement to construct a health facility in quake-hit area

Abdullah Mohammad of UAE Red Crescent and Terje Thodesen of UNICEF after signing the MoU

Islamabad, October 6, 2006: A Memorandum of understanding was signed here today between the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent (UAE RC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) whereby the former would provide UNICEF US $260,000 (PK Rupees 1,56,00,000 appx.) for establishing a fully equipped health facility in the earthquake affected area.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Abdullah Mohammad Al Mahmood, Director Projects and Development UAE RC and Mr. Terje Thodesen, Officer-in-Charge UNICEF Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Al Mahmood said that UAE RC is working with UNICEF in a number of countries and has provided financial and material support to the organisation in the aftermath of the October 8 earthquake to establish educational facilities for affected children in the camps. He said that his organisation is now providing funds for health facilities and may continue to support UNCIEF in its reconstruction and rehabilitation activities.

Expressing gratitude for the Red Crescent generosity, Mr. Thodesen of UNICEF assured that selection of location and construction would be done expeditiously and hopefully the health facility would become functional by summer next year.   

UNICEF’s Emergency and Recovery Health Programme is supporting preventive services through behaviour change communication activities and home-based services provided by community-based health care providers, and through outreach activities of facility-based health care providers. UNICEF is supporting curative services through reconstructing damaged health care facilities, supporting capacity-building of health service providers, supplying equipment, supplies, vaccines and medicines, and providing technical support to the Health Departments of AJK and NWFP. 

For further information please contact:

Irene Sanchez, Communication Consultant, UNICEF 0300 8564197
A. Sami Malik, Communication Officer, 0300-8556654



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