Japan provides UNICEF $4 million for Covid-19 response in Ethiopia

by Muizat Hameed

The Government of Japan has provided a new grant aid to Ethiopia, which is worth over USD 4 million, through its partnership with UNICEF Ethiopia as part of its emergency assistance for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The assistance will be implemented through UNICEF to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in Ethiopia by providing critical supplies for infection prevention, supplying life-saving water and sanitation services.

“This contribution from Japan has come at a time when we are seeking resources to scale up our support to the Government in its efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia on children and vulnerable families,” said UNICEF Representative, Adele Khodr.

He added that “We are deeply grateful to the Government and people of Japan for this support.”

Japan’s financial contribution will enable UNICEF to strengthen its support to the Government of Ethiopia to achieve several results which include reaching at least 750,000 people, including children and women, with water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies and services.

It will also train 8,000 health workers and community health workers in inter-personal communication for Covid-19 ; providing essential health care services – immunization, prenatal and postnatal care, HIV care and support for gender-based violence – to 1.5 million children and women.

The contribution will also support 300 children without parental care with appropriate alternative childcare arrangements; and training 200 personnel across sectors responding to Covid-19 on mitigating and responding to gender-based violence.

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