Japan partners with UNICEF to provide aid to vulnerable groups in Egypt's Sinai and Ismailia

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Feb 2023

Japan and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have announced a new partnership to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable children and families in the governorates of North Sinai and Ismailia, with Japan contributing over $833,000 to the project.

UNICEF representative in Egypt Jeremy Hopkins with Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Oka Hiroshi
UNICEF representative in Egypt Jeremy Hopkins with Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Oka Hiroshi

The partnership aims to ensure access to essential services such as education, healthcare, nutrition, as well as protection services. Oka Hiroshi, ambassador of Japan to Egypt, stated that "we must work together to minimise the negative impacts of the unprecedented human security crisis caused by COVID-19 and the war on Ukraine, so that all individuals can live with dignity." Hiroshi added that Japan is committed to working with international partners and stakeholders to bring about a more inclusive and resilient society that leaves no one behind.

Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF representative in Egypt, said that "the contribution from the government of Japan is instrumental in our joint efforts to address the adverse impact of the Ukraine crisis on vulnerable children and communities living in Egypt." Hopkins also expressed concern over the rising food prices that may compromise the food security and nutrition for families and their children.

The intervention will benefit nearly 52,000 people in North Sinai and Ismailia with child protection services, as well as quality health and nutrition interventions through well-trained health workers and equipped primary healthcare units. This includes the enhancement of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities through better access, improved infection prevention training, and distribution of essential supplies.

UNICEF will also engage communities on the importance of proper nutrition and tackle misinformation, while healthcare workers will be provided with technical support in using digital tools to help in reporting and monitoring. Additionally, UNICEF will be working with the Ministry of Social Solidarity to provide the needed support to children at risk, as well as those who have experienced issues with counselling and case management services.

The one-year intervention builds on Japan's strong partnership with UNICEF established since 2019 to improve the lives of children and families in North Sinai and Ismailia.

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