The Government of Japan, UNICEF, support the provision of essential and lifesaving services of 40,000 children and their families in Jebel Marra

Despite the pandemic and economic downturn, global solidarity continues

23 March 2021
Staff climbing Jebel Merra mountains
Antony Spalton

KHARTOUM 22 March 2021 – Despite the pandemic and economic downturn, global solidarity continues. The Government of Japan commits an additional $966,600 to UNICEF for the provision of essential and lifesaving services of 40,000 children and their families in the newly accessible, conflict-affected Jebel Marra region in Sudan.

UNICEF, in close coordination with state Ministry of Health and state Water and Environmental Sanitation department and NGO partners, are working tirelessly to ensure that the delivery of essential and lifesaving services is not disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This latest contribution from the Government of Japan will focus on providing therapeutic food and care for severely acutely malnourished children under-five years of age; access to primary health services, including routine immunization, for pregnant women, mothers and young children, and access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for children and their families with an estimated reach of 40,000 people.

“With not only the public health but also socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic severely felt around the world; now more than ever it is key to show our solidarity with those Countries and communities furthest left behind” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Sudan Representative. “I want to applaud the Government of Japan for this new funding which will not only provide immediate essential and lifesaving services, it will also further build on the investments that the Japanese Government has made for Sudan to build back better.”

“It is our honor to continuously contribute to the activities of UNICEF through which the health and child nutrition services as well as clean water and hygiene environment are provided” said H.E. Mr. Takashi HATTORI, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan. He added, “It is crucial for Sudan to sustain and upgrade the living condition of the vulnerable population in order to create its developmental foundation, and I believe this project will greatly improve the livelihood of those who are in urgent need of very basic commodity.”

UNICEF Sudan has received generous funding from the Government of Japan for the direct COVID-19 response in 2020. This project focuses on the indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and on the continuation of critical services for children and women.


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