JUBA, South Sudan, 4 April 2018 – Over the last year and thanks to the continued and generous support of the Government of Japan, UNICEF South Sudan has delivered WASH and child protection programmes across the country, benefitting thousands of women and children.
The funding has been used to provide services such as; psychosocial support; GBV prevention and counselling; and cholera preparedness activities, enabling over 700 children to be released from armed forces and groups and over 30,000 people to receive safe drinking water in Greater Equatoria.
“We are continuously grateful to our partners, including the Government of Japan, for the support that they provide to the women and children of this country,” said Mohamed Ag Ayoya, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “With these funds, we have helped the release of more than 700 children from armed forces and groups, improved WASH facilities at schools, giving children safe and hygienic spaces to learn and provided psychosocial support in three of the former South Sudan states, thus enabling us to assist some of the most vulnerable children and women.”
The Government of Japan has partnered with UNICEF in South Sudan since independence to reach vulnerable populations affected by emergencies. UNICEF is pleased to announce the continuation of this partnership with the signing of a further $1.2 million in funding for 2019 to provide more lifesaving WASH and child protection services. UNICEF and its partner organisations will continue to deliver these services to children and women in some of the hardest to reach areas in South Sudan thanks to this support.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work in South Sudan visit: www.unicef.org/southsudan