The Chinese government recently donated $1 million to accelerate the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) efforts for the continuity of basic maternal, newborn, and child care services in the framework of the coronavirus response plan.
"China is one of UNICEF's loyal partners and through this project, critical health gaps among children and women that could otherwise jeopardize their survival, development, and well-being will be addressed," said Jacques Boyer, the UN agency's representative in Cameroon, in a statement released at the end of December 2020.
The current health crisis deeply affected children, the most vulnerable especially. Indeed, because of the drop in hospital attendance due to rumors of Covid-19 contamination, many children have been deprived of the basic and yet essential services they need to protect themselves from diseases.
This donation will enable the acquisition of equipment for measles and rubella vaccination and the management of the most deadly diseases in children under 5, as well as quality care for newborns in 20 health facilities. It will also facilitate the acquisition of personal protective equipment, Covid-19 management as well as the purchase of equipment for the control and prevention of infections in communities and health facilities, we learn.
The UNICEF informs that the support will be channeled towards 7 health districts in the Eastern, Central, and Littoral regions. According to Wang Yingwu (Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon), this project is an opportunity to strengthen collaboration with UNICEF but above all to "continue to protect vulnerable Cameroonian children against Covid-19, as well as other diseases." The initiative will be implemented by the Government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté), in collaboration with other development partners (United Nations, international and local NGOs, and community-based organizations).