The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) provides $5.9 million to UNICEF to support health and water services for children in Sudan
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Khartoum, 27 August 2019- The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) contributed $5.9 million to UNICEF aiming to reduce the different diseases for children under the age of 5 years old in Sudan.
More than one in ten child deaths in Sudan are caused by diarrhea, mainly due to poor sanitation, water and hygiene. An estimated two-thirds of existing schools do not have improved sanitation facilities and a quarter of them do not have improved drinking water facilities, which negatively impacts children’s attendance and enrolment, particularly for girls.
This partnership will help to address these issues, by increasing the number of people with improved access to life-saving and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services in schools, health centers and children friendly spaces. The implementation will be in collaboration with the Sudanese Government and non-governmental organisation.
This contribution was part of a mutual agreement between KOICA and UNICEF which was signed on 28 August to reach six difference states in Sudan over the period between 2019 to 2021.
“The government of the Republic of Korea is happy to be involved in a project which directly affects millions of people,” says Kiseong Lee Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Sudan. “We hope this project, which comes amid the new political developments in the country will help to provide a better environment for the future generation in Sudan.”
“Reaching the most vulnerable children is critical if we are to ensure that every child in Sudan has the opportunity to learn, be healthy and grow to their full potential” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established as a governmental agency dedicated to providing grand aid programs of the Korean government in 1991. KOICA endeavors to combat poverty and support the sustainable socioeconomic growth of partner countries. By doing so, KOICA establishes and strengthen friendly ties with developing countries.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child and is committed to the children of Sudan. We never give up on finding solutions that provide immediate help to save the lives of children or provide durable support so that those children grow up with dignity, health and an education.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.