By Jok P Mayom
JUBA, 1 June 2015 [Gurtong] – Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan Kiya Masahiko has said his country will ensure that maternal and infant mortality rates are reduced in South Sudan through enhanced provision of medical services.
He spoke on his first visit to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office in South Sudan since becoming his country’s envoy.
He visited the Japan- funded UNFPA Humanitarian Project being implemented in the conflict affected states and Protection of Civilian (POC) sites in the country.
He added that Japan will continue playing a major role in the development of South Sudan.
Early this year the Government of Japan allocated 3.22 million USD to UNFPA to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care services in the three most conflict affected states of South Sudan.
The support aimed at ensuring that women, girls and children receive appropriate referral services in addition to protection from Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The envoy also handed medical equipment to UNFPA-supported facilities during the visit.