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Japan and UNICEF boost COVID-19 Preparedness in the Pacific

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Fiji, HE Mr Fumihiro Kawakami, and UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett. Photo: The Embassy of Japan in Fiji

The Government of Japan and the UNICEF today, 26 July announced a US$20.8 million partnership to boost ongoing COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts in the Pacific region.

The partnership between Japan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) covers support to the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

This partnership will support the enhancement of water, sanitation, and hygiene WASH in healthcare facilities through better access, improved infection prevention training and distribution of essential supplies including environmental cleaning and basic non-medical personal protective equipment.

The Japanese Ambassador for Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu, HE  Mr Kawakami Fumihiro said that Japan made its financial support following the declaration by the Prime Minister of Japan, HE Suga Yoshihide at the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting PALM9 on 2 July to support COVID-19 measures for the Pacific Island countries.