1. On 22 December 2020, Mr. MARUYAMA Ichiro, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar, and the representatives of two (2) UN agencies, Ms. Alessandra Dentice, UNICEF Deputy Representative Programme in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and Mr. Marcus Prior, Deputy Country Director of WFP Myanmar, signed and exchanged Notes regarding grant projects for Myanmar, worth 995 million yen (approx. 9.4 million USD) in total.
2. Project Outlines
(1) The project for Health, Water Sanitation & Hygiene and Education assistance for internally displaced persons and neighboring communities in conflict affected areas
(total grant: 498 million yen (approx. 4.7 million USD))
This project, in cooperation with UNICEF, intends to build resilience of the conflict affected states/regions of Myanmar – Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan, increasing their ability to cope with shocks and stresses of conflict, climate change and complex crisis. Activities in Health aim to improve health service delivery for newborn, under five children and pregnant women thereby contributing to reduction of preventable diseases, morbidity and mortality among the most vulnerable. Activities in Water Sanitation & Hygiene aim to improve equitable access to and utilization of safe, affordable and adequate WASH services, especially for the marginalized, and promote handwashing and other positive practices. Activities in Education aim to provide quality and inclusive education in a safe, healthy and protective learning environment to children, especially the most disadvantaged and affected by conflicts, and promote participation of adolescents.(2) The project for improvement in Nutrition for internally displaced persons and neighboring communities in conflict affected areas
(total grant: 497 million yen (approx. 4.7 million USD))
This project, in cooperation with WFP, aims to support the self-reliance of the internally displaced people and neighboring communities in the conflict-affected areas, such as Rakhine, Kachin, northern Shan, and Chin states, to solve the issues of inadequate food supplies through the improvement of nutrition.
The core activities include provision of food, school meals, and repairing irrigation and drainage channels, thereby contributing to the improvement of the nutritional situation in the country. This projects aims to provide assistance to beneficiaries including 138,800 people through relief assistance, 31,050 pregnant and lactating women and children under five through nutrition interventions, 20,000 people through asset creation, 1,400 HIV/TB patients through food assistance, and 197,000 primary school children through school feeding.
3. The Government of Japan will continue to proactively support Myanmar’s nation-building and Myanmar people in all fields, including assistance in conflict-affected areas and for internally displaced persons.
Ambassador Maruyama (EoJ), Mr. Prior (WFP) and Ms. Dentice (UNICEF）