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KFAED grants UNICEF USD 2.8 million for backing measles vaccination in Lebanon
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the United Nations Children's Fund signed an agreement on Thursday, by which KFAED grants UNICEF USD 2.8 million for supporting a measles vaccination program in Lebanon for Syrian and Lebanese children.
The accord was signed by UNICEF Representative in the Gulf Area Eltayeb Adam and KFAED Director-General Abdulwahab A. Al-Bader.
The grant aims to contribute to achieving one of UNICEF's general objectives that include ensuring the necessary vaccines reach the children who desperately need them.
The Kuwaiti grant would be also used to launch a national vaccination campaign against measles and polio diseases targeting some 54,481 children aged between six to less than 12 months, and 861,269 others aged between one to 10 years old, said a UNICEF report, prepared in cooperation with World Health Organization (WHO) and Lebanese Health Ministry.
The report also indicated that national campaign intends to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of vaccination, noting that WHO and the Lebanese health ministry will inspect the incoming measles vaccines in accordance with the procedure drawn by the three official bodies.
The agreement is the fifth between KFAED and UNICEF. In 2017, they signed two accords to contribute to reducing the severity of famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, and treating cholera epidemic in Yemen.
In 2019, the two funding agencies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on boosting bilateral coordination and cooperation in all development and humanitarian fields, in addition to exchange of expertise and formation of partnerships. They also signed an agreement to contribute to providing clean water to residents of the Gaza Strip.
Kuwait is among the top 30 countries backing UNICEF actions, contributing to an estimated total of USD 72 million to the UN agency since its establishment to present, of which USD 62 million were used to finance urgent projects in 2018 according to UNICEF's most recent monthly report.
Moreover, Kuwait has made a pledge at the 2019 Geneva Convention worth USD 250 million to support the humanitarian situation in Yemen, of which USD 20 million was paid recently as part of its commitment.
Kuwait has also paid off USD 10 million of organizations' share committed during the Friends of Syria Group conferences, at which it hosted or took part