UNICEF Earmarks $29 Mln

UNICEF Earmarks $29 Mln. For



ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 15 (ENA) The United Nationals Children's Fund has earmarked over US$29 million to assist Ethiopia's development endeavor this year.


UNICEF Country Representative in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Jabir told ENA that the fund would be used to execute programmes in the areas of health, education, water supply and rural development.


Jabir said UNICEF-assisted development programmes in Ethiopia are designed in consultation with government partners and take into account the country's objective reality. "Such approach is the basis for a successful

development endeavour."


Ethiopia is UNICEF's third largest beneficiary in the world, Jabir said, adding that the Ethiopian government sees the UN agency as its chief development partner.


The two-year programme focusing on improving the health and education of Ethiopian children is one of the programmes to be carried out this year, he said.


UNICEF-Ethiopia has registered significant achievements in the first part of the programme period. Jabir said. According to him, the Woreda Integrated Basic Services (WIBS) approach, which was developed and introduced in 55 districts will continue unabated.


With UNICEF assistance, national water supply and sanitation policies were developed and hundreds of water schemes were rehabilitated or constructed, Jabir said. The coverage of expanded programme on immunization (EPI) has almost doubled to 67 per cent, he said.


Another area of increased emphasis will be the HIV/AIDS projects, focussing on prevention and targeting women of childbearing age and adolescents both in and out of school, according to the country representative.