It has been confirmed by UNICEF, that the Japanese government has provided an emergency aid fund, worth $1,640,442 to Uganda. The funds have been converted into medical equipment, to fight cases of the COVID-19 virus.
UNICEF representative in Uganda, Dr. Safieldin Munir, said it was for the procurement of solar direct drive vaccines (106), cold boxes (190), vaccine carriers (2,200), generators (10), and other necessities.
Munir also expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government for its prompt assistance in handling serious cases of the COVID-19 virus. The Japanese government previously provided assistance of $2.7 million to the United Nations for various development and humanitarian initiatives in Uganda in March 2020.
The contribution aims to support refugees and host communities, as well as border security over a period of one year from April 2020 to March 2021. The support has been extended to four UN agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The official announcement of this contribution towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic was made by Kameda Kazuaki, the then Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, during a press conference at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.