Government of Japan commits Vital Funds to Aid COVID-19 Response in Yemen

10 June 2020
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A student of Raydan school in Aden washes her hands in the bathrooms newly rehabilitated by UNICEF to improve the water and sanitation services delivered to students and keep them healthy.

SANA’A, 10 June 2020:  As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads through Yemen, the Government of Japan has provided funding of over $4.6 million to UNICEF’s response in the country.

This funding will help provide over 320,000 people with safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to prevent the spread of diseases, including COVID-19.  It will also contribute to the training of over 7,000 frontline Health Workers on Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) as they battle to contain the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

“We know that every country in the world is grappling with their own crises brought by COVID-19, so we are grateful that our humanitarian partners have not forgotten the children of Yemen,” says Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.

“We thank the Government of Japan for their continuous partnership. Their generous support will help us address the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

Last week donors convened to pledge their support for the humanitarian response in Yemen. UNICEF is appealing for an additional $518 million, including US$ 52 million to fund its COVID-19 response for children and their communities across the country.

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