UNICEF undertaking over 57 million U

UNICEF undertaking over 57 million U.S dollars dev't programs in Ethiopia


 Addis Ababa, 28 June (ENA)--The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it has been carrying out over 57

million U.S dollars worth development programs in Ethiopia in the years 2000/2001.


  In an exclusive interview with ENA on Tuesday UNICEF representative to Ethiopia, Ibrahim Jabr, said the

programs focused, among others, on health, education, potable water provision, gender development, HIV/AIDS

and malaria prevention as well as on Woreda Integrated Basic Services (WIBS).


  UNICEF's program in Ethiopia is the third largest in the world, according to the representative. 


 He said UNICEF secured about 26 million U.S dollars of the stated sum from donor countries, which include, among

others, Japan, the U.S, Norway, a German based committee and the Canadian International Development Agency.


  UNICEF has already spent close to 8.4 million U.S dollars on the procurement of polio vaccines and other related

materials that would be used in this year's National Immunization Days in Ethiopia, Jabr said.


  He noted that the UN agency has been exerting efforts to solicit additional 5.8 million U.S dollars in support of

the immunization days. 


 UNICEF had expended about 8.3 million U.S dollars on polio immunization campaign last year, Jabr said.


 The country representative said UNICEF has also been making significant contributions in support of Ethiopia's

anti-HIV/AIDS initiatives.


   The largest component of UNICEF's HIV/AIDS program in Ethiopia focused on preventive activities with the

active participation of the youth, he said. 


 Jabr said UNICEF in collaboration with the government was making preparations to design a project that helps

reduce the possibilities of HIV transmission from mothers to children.


   He further said that UNICEF's WIBS program was being undertaken in 55 woredas of the country at a cost of

over 21.3 million Birr.


  Jabr said UNICEF has supplied a total of 355 kits of essential drugs to drought affected and war displaced



  The UN agency has also provided emergency education assistance to some 36,000 war displaced children, the

representative said.