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Democratic Republic of the Congo

UNICEF Humanitarian Appeals (2012-2013)

DFATD Contribution: $1,998,750

This grant represents Canada’s support to UNICEF’s humanitarian appeals in response to drought and conflict in the Sahel (specifically Chad, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal and Cameroon) and eastern Africa; severe acute malnutrition throughout Africa; and, protracted crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Pakistan and Yemen. Founded in 1946, UNICEF is mandated by the UN General Assembly to protect the rights of children and women in developing countries through its development and humanitarian assistance programming. In humanitarian emergencies, UNICEF’s activities include: the provision of commodities to treat severe acute malnutrition; safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene programming; emergency education; basic health care; and, protection services for children and women.

Diarrhea and Pneumonia Treatment Initiative (2013-2015)

DFATD Contribution: $5,000,000

This project contributes to reducing the number of children dying from diarrhea and pneumonia, by increasing the use of effective treatments for these childhood illnesses. The project seeks to increase demand for oral rehydration salts, zinc and antibiotics, by raising awareness among caregivers and providers on the most effective treatments for diarrhea and pneumonia. UNICEF is also working with the public and private sector in countries with high incidences of these diseases to ensure that there is a reliable supply of effective treatments for these childhood illnesses.

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