The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) announced the Japanese government has donated more than 2.3 million dollars (about CFA3 billion) to support Cameroon's efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). “We are delighted that the Japanese government has responded so quickly and so generously to the urgent needs of the government of Cameroon to fight the pandemic,” said UNICEF country representative Jacques Boyer, in a statement issued on June 23.
“The needs are very urgent, and we are grateful for this strong and early support that will reinforce health systems in the country, thereby responding to the pressing needs of women and children,” he added.
The funds from the Japanese government will help reduce the risk of coronavirus infection for at least 300,000 people, including women and children, the UN official said. Also, 300 health professionals and community health workers (CHWs) will get a better technical capacity to prevent and control the pandemic.
Japan believes it is necessary to put in place urgent measures that will not only protect life and minimize socio-economic impacts but also to strengthen health systems to fight infectious diseases in the medium and long term. A particular focus is needed on inclusive systems based on the concept of human security that emphasizes protection and empowerment.
The funding will also provide 2,000 women and children with access to basic health services such as immunization, prenatal and postnatal care, while the management of HIV and gender-based violence will be strengthened, the statement said. The money will also enable 450,000 children to benefit from inclusive distance-based learning.