June 29, 2020: The government of Japan has provided a new grant aid to Ethiopia, which is worth over $4 million, through its partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ethiopia as part of its emergency assistance for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, the country has granted an aid of $2,300,000 to Cameroon.

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, promoting hygiene, enhancing health workers’ capacity, and raising public awareness of Covid-19.

“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.

Japan’s financial contribution will enable UNICEF to strengthen its support to the government of Ethiopia to achieve these results:

  • Reach at least 750,000 people, including children and women, with water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies and services.
  • Reach at least two million people with information on prevention of Covid-19.
  • Train 8,000 health workers and community health workers in inter-personal communication for Covid-19.
  • Provide essential health care services - immunization, prenatal and postnatal care, HIV care and support for gender-based violence - to 1.5 million children and women.
  • Support 300 children without parental care with appropriate alternative childcare arrangements.
  • Train 200 personnel across sectors responding to Covid-19 on mitigating and responding to gender-based violence.
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