Japan strengthens its support for refugees and asylum seekers in Algeria – Algeria

ALGERIA

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, welcomes the increased contribution of $1.4 million from the Japanese people for humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in Algeria in the areas of health and sanitation.

This contribution will be crucial to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers have access to health care, hygiene, sanitation and safe cooking fuel. With Japan’s support, refugees will be able to access health services, including HIV, reproductive health and postnatal care, by supporting midwifery and nursing schools. In addition, this contribution will ensure the provision of hygienic materials, as well as safe and clean cooking gas, while integrating prevention and response to reduce morbidity and mortality rates related to COVID-19.

In partnership with Japan, this intervention puts refugees at the center of planning, promoting the participation of refugee women and girls in their own communities, while strongly contributing to the promotion of Sustainable Development Goals 3, 5, 7 and 17. on good health, gender equality, access to energy and partnership for the goals. Likewise, it will enable UNHCR to provide life-saving assistance and essential services to refugees and asylum-seekers, which is essential to combat the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and avoid new protection risks.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Japanese people for their continued confidence in UNHCR’s program in Algeria. For the second consecutive year, and with an increased contribution, this support will enable us to provide an effective and comprehensive humanitarian response to refugees in Algeria. said UNHCR representative Agostino Mulas.

HE KONO Akira, Japanese Ambassador to Algeria, said:
“UNHCR has always been a valued partner for Japan in providing humanitarian assistance in various parts of the world and in Algeria in particular. I am delighted to work again with Mr. Agostino Mulas and his team on this new project, which is part of the promotion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) stipulated in the SDGs. The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of UHC and the promotion of human security, which are also important pillars in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, whose 8th edition is to be hosted by Tunisia next August. year.”

Japan is a strategic partner for the refugee response, providing key support to make a difference in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers around the world and in Algeria. UNHCR welcomes this contribution and looks forward to continuing to work in partnership for the benefit of refugees in Algeria.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Marina VilluendasAlgiers, Algeria [email protected]
Eunice OhanusiTindouf, Algeria [email protected]