H.E. Shinji Urabayashi Ambassador of Japan visits Central Darfur

24 January 2019
H.E. learning more about the Hamedia 2’s services with UNICEF and partners.
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H.E. Urabayashi learning more about the Hamedia 2’s services with UNICEF and partners.

Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Shinji Urabayashi visits Jebel Mara and Central Darfur to see first -hand, the projects supporting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities and how to continue supporting. UNICEF, through partners are directly providing services to mothers and children including medical training, vaccines and medical and nutrition supplies, obstetric surgical, midwifery, and sterilization kits.

During his briefing with Zalengi’s Governor and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, the ambassador highlighted key focuses from the government of Japan. “Japan has three main priorities in its assistance to Sudan: consolidation of peace, providing basic human needs (centering on health and water), and agricultural development,” stated H.E. Mr. Shinji Urabayashi. “Particularly in Darfur, Consolidation of peace is very important.”

The first leg of the mission was to one of Zalengei’s largest Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Hamedia Camp, which hosts over 72,000 people. One of the primary health centers in the camp Hamedia 2, has been serving IDPs and host population since 2009. In addition to basic health services, the center also provides integrated health and nutrition services for children under the age of 5, and care for pregnant and lactating women.

“ I came here to see how the Japan-funded project is being implemented and I am happy with all the great work you are doing and services you are providing for families, especially for women and children,” said H.E. Mr. Shinji Urabayashi.

With funding from the government of Japan, UNICEF and partners are supporting Hamedia 2, by providing health training for different groups, medical supplies, vaccines, medicines and nutrition supplies. With more support coming from the people of Japan, reproductive health and preventing mother to child transmission training will be provided along with neo/prenatal medical and surgical supplies.

H.E. also visited the newly accessible mountains of Jebel Merra, where community leaders highlighted consolidation of peace as their main priority, specifically for the central town of Golo. Due to conflict in the past, the place was displaced, but people are finally returning to Golo in hopes for newly a peaceful, educated and healthy community. Golo hosts over 148,000 people and more are expected to return to the town.

Ambassador of Japan visited Golo Hospital, where both primary and secondary health care is provided for 200,000 people in which almost 22,000 people will receive a consultation monthly, coming from three Jebel Mara localities. Thanks to the people of Japan, UNICEF and partners are supporting Golo hospital by providing medicines, medical and nutrition supplies, vaccines, cold chain equipment and trainings for vaccinator. UNICEF will also provide Reproductive Health supplies and training as well as the lifesaving skills and new born care training so the children and women of Golo are in good health.

Ambassador of Japan visited Golo Hospital, where both primary and secondary health care is provided for 200,000 people in which almost 22,000 people will receive a consultation monthly, coming from three Jebel Mara localities. Thanks to the people of Japan, UNICEF and partners are supporting Golo hospital by providing medicines, medical and nutrition supplies, vaccines, cold chain equipment and trainings for vaccinator. UNICEF will also provide Reproductive Health supplies and training as well as the lifesaving skills and new born care training so the children and women of Golo are in good health.

UNICEF Sudan would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the people of Japan for their continuous comprehensive support to UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Jebel Mara.

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