More than 150,000 people will benefit from access to safe drinking water, good hygiene and improved sanitation and health care
Damascus, Syria, 21 January 2022 – The Japanese government has donated $2 million to UNICEF‘s emergency response for the most vulnerable children and families in Syria. The new contribution will provide 150,000 people with access to clean water, good hygiene and sanitation, and improved health care during the harsh winter.
A large number of Syrian children and families affected by the conflict have been displaced and forced to live in camps for internally displaced persons or in informal settlements. Makeshift tents offer very little protection from freezing temperatures and heavy rain. Limited amounts of fuel and a lack of means of heating make it extremely difficult to fight the cold and many parents struggle to meet the basic needs of their children. The COVID-19 pandemic is further aggravating the deterioration of the situation.
“Most of these children and their families have limited or no access to clean water, food, medicine and shelter. Their suffering will only get worse and the impact of winter will be felt long after the cold temperatures have receded if we do not act decisively,” said UNICEF Syria Representative Bo Viktor Nylund . “The Japanese government’s continued and timely support will allow us to provide children, especially some of the most vulnerable, with life-saving services and ensure they have a fighting chance,” he added.
With the new allocation, UNICEF and partners will provide host communities and newly displaced people in camps and shelters with access to clean and safe water through emergency tankers, improve the maintenance of latrines and water points, distribute essential hygiene supplies and connect the camps to sanitation networks. In addition, UNICEF will be able to improve health care through outpatient consultations and the distribution of essential drugs and medical supplies. This will help keep vulnerable children and families healthier and bolster the fight against COVID-19 and other deadly diseases, including respiratory infections, during harsh winter conditions.
“The Japanese government has decided to extend emergency assistance to vulnerable refugees and internally displaced people facing the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries. This will include humanitarian assistance such as the provision of health services, drinking water, blankets and winter clothing as well as the repair of drainage networks. Around 150,000 women and children in Syria will benefit from this support. Japan will continue to work closely with the international community for the settlement of the Syrian crisis by improving the humanitarian situation in Syria and advancing the political process facilitated by the United Nations. said Mr. Akira Endo, Special Coordinator for Syria and Charge d’Affaires of the Japanese Embassy in Syria.
The new $2 million contribution brings Japan’s funding to UNICEF Syria to a total of $10.9 million for 2021. Beyond the new funding, Japan’s support will improve access to a safe working environment. safe learning and quality education for vulnerable children in rural areas of Damascus and Aleppo. It also covers the rehabilitation of badly damaged schools, making them inclusive and safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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