Japan Contributes $37.7m to Support Sudan; UNICEF to Receive $8m
Khartoum, March 6, 2013 - The Government of Japan decided to contribute 37.7 million US dollars in total to the UN and other international organisations to support consolidation of peace in Sudan.
Of that amount, 8 million US dollars will go to UNICEF Sudan for reaching internal displaced persons and other vulnerable populations in conflict affected communities and reducing malaria morbidity in all the malaria-endemic states in the country.
"Children in Sudan are all too often prevented from enjoying a normal and healthy development. A simple intervention such as making a bed net available can help prevent malaria."
The roll-out of UNICEF's activities related to this contribution will be over 2013; it will cover South Kordofan (including Abyei), Blue Nile and other states affected by the north/south conflict. It will involve government partners, NGOs and other UN agencies.
In the nutrition aspect of the project alone, beneficiaries will include 10,000 children with severe acute malnutrition, and 50,000 mothers reached with preventative nutrition activities.
Commenting on the contribution, UNICEF Sudan Representative Geert Cappelaere said: "Children in Sudan are all too often prevented from enjoying a normal and healthy development. A simple intervention such as making a bed net available can help prevent malaria."
He added" Unfortunately today children in Sudan are still impacted by old and new conflicts. The generous support from the Government of Japan will help UNICEF mitigate that impact."
It's estimated that in Sudan only 15 per cent and 16 per cent of under-five children and pregnant women respectively sleep under long lasting insecticide nets (LLITNs). In addition, Sudan faces frequent stock outages of anti-malarial drugs and diagnostic tools.
The Japan contribution will help UNICEF provide LLTNs to target population, conduct social mobilization and community awareness campaigns to increase the use of the nets, and provide oral antimalarial drugs, rapid diagnostic tests and other malaria supplies to facilities in conflict affected areas.
Mr. Ryoichi Horie, Ambassador of Japan in Sudan repeatedly said that Japan regards Sudan as one of the most important countries in the world since peace and stability of Sudan is not only the issues for the people of Sudan, but the common concerns for international community for the regional prosperity and development of Africa as a whole.
He also said that Japan has strongly committed to make every effort to accelerate consolidation of peace and stability in Sudan by bilateral development assistance through JICA in the fields of agriculture, water and sanitation, health care, vocational training, and capacity development as well as “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security” which supports NGOs. These projects are also contributing to mitigate the tension in the conflict-affected areas in Sudan.
For example, in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Eastern Sudan, JICA has been implementing various projects in the areas of water supply, maternal and child health, and vocational training since 2009. In addition to the bilateral assistance, the government of Japan has been supporting the conflict-affected people through international organisations, and as a continuation of the multilateral support, Japan decided to provide the new assistance this time to respond to the emergency needs of the people such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and returnees.
For more information, please contact:
Michael Bociurkiw, UNICEF Sudan, Cell: +249 996800594664, +1 310 954 9604, MBociurkiw@unicef.org
Nahla Farouk Abu Eissa, UNICEF Sudan, Cell: +249 9912331260, firstname.lastname@example.org