Japan allocates 2.1 million USD to Covid-19 relief in Libya

Japan allocates 2.1 million USD to Covid-19 relief in Libya

June 21, 2020 - 20:48
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Government of Japan has allocated $ 2.1 million USD to UNICEF's Covid-19 relief program in Libya

UNICEF clarified in a statement on its Facebook page on Sunday that the nine months project which will be implemented in partnership with the local authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to protect the lives of millions by curtailing the Coronavirus in the country.

The program will focus on the most vulnerable children and their families in Libya, UNICEF explains.

UNICEF Special Representative for Libya Abdel-Rahman Ghandour expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Japan, explaining that the funding will help improve infection and prevention control and provide critical medical and water, as well as sanitation and hygiene (WASH) supplies.

The project will contribute to mitigating the impact of the outbreak for approximately 600,000 women and children in Libya and will reach an estimated 4.8 million people with lifesaving risk communication and community engagement activities, Ghandour indicated.

COVID-19 has affected more than 540 people across Libya so far. The rapid spread of the virus shows that the health system is not equipped to respond," UNICEF noted.