Tunis, 20 June 2016:
Germany has agreed to help fund a children’s immunisation programme being coordinated by UNICEF.
The German Ambassador, Christian Much, and UNICEF Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Khalil signed an agreement today to give €1 million to the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Libya.
“Children comprise around 40 percent of the Libyan population, and they are considered as the most vulnerable,” said Ambassador Much. “Helping them is a huge priority. This is why we are now increasing our assistance to children for the second time in 2016.”.
According to UNICEF, the funding will enable its heath programme to help improve immunisation services in Libya’s and to support children’s survival and development.
The contribution will provide support to a variety services including vaccine management; training on immunisation, new-born mortality and morbidity reduction; information sharing systems and the development of a communication plan for the immunisation programme.
German support for the programme was very timely given the current situation in Libya, noted Khalil.