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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
2 June 2005


Japan sets new record in support of Palestinian Children and Women’s health


Jerusalem, 2 June 2005 – The Government of Japan set a new record today in its support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with a major boost of some US$3.2 million for children’s and women’s health in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

The significant contribution from Japan, presented today by Japanese Ambassador Jun Yokota, launches a special effort in securing basic immunization coverage and combating outbreaks in oPt. It will also help generate a serious effort towards reaching the World Summit for Children target in 2005 for the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders.

Japan’s partnership with UNICEF goes well beyond provision of resources and builds upon a more than 50 year global partnership in addressing human security and guaranteeing action on child health and infectious diseases.

“In oPt, Japan has significantly helped us to move towards global targets that the international community has set in improving the quality of life of children and women”, said UNICEF Special Representative Dan Rohrmann. “This support is a major boost in efforts aimed at realizing children’s right to basic health services and improved nutrition in a conflict situation. This is central to protection, poverty reduction and human security.”

Said Japanese Ambassador Jun Yokota: "Japan considers that the time is opportune to ensure that emergency assistance leads towards development. This project will facilitate procuring essential vaccines for emergencies and routine immunization for every child in oPt. It will also help develop a very important Mother and Child Health Booklet and it will increase the availability of iodized salt. In addition, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will cooperate with UNICEF in developing and disseminating the booklet which JICA has successfully introduced in projects around the world."

At the global level, Japan remains one of the largest contributors to UNICEF. For UNICEF oPt, this donation is the third of its kind from the Government of Japan. The cooperation under this grant will also allow UNICEF to work closer with JICA in the development of tools for community awareness for maternal and child health.

UNICEF – the world’s most influential advocate for children - has been working to improve the situation of children and women in oPt since the early 1980s. Go to: www.unicef.org/oPt.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Bociurkiw
Communication Officer
Tel: +9722 5830013 ext. 242
Mobile: +972-577-293214
Email: Mbociurkiw@unicef.org

Joan Assali
Communication Assistant
Tel: +972-2-583-0012 (ext. 267)
Mobile: +972-577-631-360
Email: jassali@unicef.org


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