Ethiopia received 30 vehicles for children’s mobile health and nutrition

UNICEF representative to Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop. Photo: Flickr.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Ethiopia has received 30 vehicles for children’s mobile health and nutrition from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The Somali Region received 19 vehicles, while Afar Region received 11. UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop, said child health and nutrition indicators in these two regions are the lowest in the country.

“With this contribution, together with the Government of Ethiopia and other partners, we will ensure that every child is reached with essential and lifesaving health and nutrition services. No child should be left behind because of where they live or their socio-economic circumstances,” she said.

These vehicles are set to be used by Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams in regions to reach children in remote and hard-to-reach areas with essential lifesaving services.

Head of Cooperation at the German Embassy, Hanspeter Schwär, said as the German Development Cooperation, they always strive to provide support that reaches those who are most in need.

“The mobile health and nutrition units are a perfect example of leaving no child behind. Strengthening resilience‎ is a challenge that we can only tackle together. We are very glad to have UNICEF as a strong and trusted partner for our development bank KfW to work with and together with the Ethiopian Government to build resilient health systems. We all want the same: healthy parents and healthy children,” added Schwär.

Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams, supported by UNICEF, were established by the Ethiopian Government in 2006. The programme’s aim is to provide health, nutrition, and water and sanitation services to vulnerable communities in inaccessible and remote areas.

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