June 24, 2020: With the upsurge of the Covid-19 pandemic in Cameroon, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Japanese government have joined hands with other partners to intensify the fight against Covid-19 in the country. UNICEF welcomes the latest contribution of over $2,300,000 from the Japanese government for the fight against the pandemic.

Faced with the crisis, Japan believes that it is necessary to implement urgent measures that will protect life and minimise socio-economic impacts as well as strengthen health systems to fight against infectious diseases in the medium and long term.

“We are delighted that the Japanese government has responded so quickly and so generously to the urgent needs of the government of Cameroon to fight the pandemic,” said UNICEF country representative Jacques Boyer. “The needs are very urgent, and we are grateful for this strong and early support that will reinforce health systems in the country, thereby responding to the pressing needs of women and children.

Funds recently donated by the government of Japan will permit at least 300,000 people including women and children to run lesser risks of being contaminated by Covid-19. Likely, 300 health professionals and community health workers will have better technical capacities to prevent and control the pandemic; 2,000 children and women access to essential health care services, including immunisation, prenatal and postnatal care, HIV and GBV care will be increased. Last but not the least, 450,000 children have been supported with inclusive distance-based learning.

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