UNICEF receives $26 million from German government to support basic service delivery and COVID-19 response in Iraq [EN/AR/KU] – Iraq

The funding will enable 1 million children and adolescents to have continued access to learning through a combination of approaches such as blended learning and 50,000 vulnerable people to receive essential child protection services. childhood.

Baghdad, April 24, 2022 – The German government has donated $26 million to UNICEF to support UNICEF in its ongoing efforts to help the Iraqi government strengthen its systems and improve access to quality basic services for children and their families. families in the context of COVID-19. This amount brings the German government’s total contributions to UNICEF in Iraq to more than $200 million since 2015.

The funding includes support for measures to address the impact of COVID-19 by ensuring communities continue to receive essential water, sanitation, education and health prevention and response services. child protection. This will include providing personal protective equipment to 20,000 healthcare providers and hand sanitizer gel, bar soap and hand hygiene promotion to over 200,000 people.

“This funding is crucial as we help Iraq increase access to basic services and strengthen the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. UNICEF thanks the German government for this timely support and partnership to accelerate our efforts to ensure that every child in Iraq has access to clean water, education, social and child protection services in when needed,” said Sheema SenGupta, UNICEF Representative in Iraq.

“Children are among the most vulnerable members of the Iraqi population, especially those living in camps for internally displaced persons. I was very touched recently by my visit to a school built by UNICEF in the Shariya camp,” said GER Ambassador to Iraq, Martin Jäger. “Germany funds UNICEF activities to ensure that Iraqi children grow up with what they need most: health and education, because we can only defeat the Covid pandemic together, c It’s a global challenge where no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

An estimated one million children and adolescents will have continued access to learning through a combination of approaches such as blended learning, educational television and online portals and self-help materials. learning. At least 50,000 people will receive essential child protection services, primarily in high-risk areas in Iraq and in areas with vulnerable populations, such as IDP camps and returnee community areas. In addition, UNICEF will support the provision of access to safe, equitable and gender-neutral water and sanitation services for more than 700,000 vulnerable people and their families in the targeted governorates, including the promotion of community-based hygiene and improved WASH services in schools and health facilities.

The project will mainly benefit children and young people, who represent more than half of the Iraqi population. As the country marks two years since the declaration of the pandemic, the number of children and young people estimated to be below the poverty line has doubled. Children and youth are also most at risk of poverty, service disruptions in essential basic services like primary health, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and increased violations Rights.

UNICEF, in collaboration with the Government of Iraq and its partners, will continue to work towards the long-term sustainability of national systems by strengthening national capacity to provide integrated access to basic services with the aim of enabling children to overcome poverty, enjoy their rights and realize their full potential.

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