Beirut, 14 May 2014 – The Government of Japan has contributed US$4.3 million to UNICEF’s emergency response in providing safe water, adequate sanitation, health and child protection services to the most vulnerable Syrian children and families in Lebanon and Lebanese host communities.
“With up to 13,000 new Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon, half of which are children under-18, every week, it is urgent that essential services are scaled up to meet their basic needs,” said Ms. Annamaria Laurini, UNICEF’s Representative in Lebanon, during a joint visit yesterday with his Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to UNICEF-supported interventions in the Bekaa valley today.
“We are very grateful to the people of Japan; these funds will help ensure the most vulnerable children and families affected by the Syria crisis have access to urgently needed services.”
Through these funds, around 20,000 Syrian refugees living in informal settlements will receive urgently needed access to safe water and adequate sanitation facilities. Additionally, some 10,000 Syrian refugees and Lebanese hosts will benefit from repairs and rehabilitation of local water networks.
The funds will also support UNICEF in providing access to primary health care services for more than 100,000 refugees living in informal settlements through Mobile Medical Units. In addition, screening of up to 40,000 children for malnutrition and the provision of essential micronutrient supplements for 8,000 pregnant and lactating women will be realised.
“We are proud to support UNICEF’s efforts to improve the well-being of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and assist the most vulnerable Lebanese host communities and provide some relief for children who have experienced more than any child should,” stated Mr. Seiichi Otsuka, the Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon,
“As we approach the summer season clean water and sanitation facilities become critical to the wellbeing of children to ensure they stay healthy.” Added his Excellency Mr. Otuska, “We hope that the contribution from the people of Japan will help UNICEF in its efforts to scale up access to clean water and sanitation for all Syrian refugee children in informal tented settlements”
Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees from the crisis in Syria in the region, with over one million registered refugees. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Lebanon to ensure access to safe water, adequate sanitation, hygiene promotion, basic health care, education, and child protection services to all Syrian refugee children and most vulnerable host communities in Lebanon.
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