Japan Pledges $14mln Support to Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa – Japan on Thursday pledged to provide a new humanitarian assistance package worth $14 million to various urgent relief efforts in Ethiopia.

In a statement, its embassy in Addis Ababa said the aid will support humanitarian needs in Ethiopia through its partner organizations, mostly the UN agencies.

Of the total assistance, Japan will provide about $7 million to two UN agencies UNICEF and UNOPS, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

This will enhance their efforts to enhance access to primary health care and improve water and sanitation services and facilities for Internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in drought and conflict affected communities, the embassy said.

It is expected to benefit over a million people, living in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali and Tigray regional states, it added.

About $5 million will also go to four other UN agencies’ that are providing emergency shelter, non-food items and protection for 300,000 IDPs, returnees and host communities in conflict and COVID-19 affected areas of the country, says the embassy.

The remaining $2 million will also finance the UN Food Program or WFP’s effort to prevent and treat acute malnutrition for over 29,800 children in Afar, Amhara and Tigray, according to the embassy.


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