Exchange of Notes on Grant Aid for the Palestinians

August 11, 2009
Japanese

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a humanitarian package of grant aid as listed below (total of 991 million JPY [approximately 10 million dollars]) to the Palestinians in light of the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian Territories, where the living environment and healthcare services are deteriorating due to unstable political, economic, and social situations. This humanitarian package will help improve the living situation of the people in the Palestinian Territories as well as of Palestinian refugees in the region.  
    • (1) Grant aid (food aid) for Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA): 600 million JPY

       On July 16 (Thu), notes to this effect were exchanged in Amman. This aid will provide flour and other items to more than 300,000 Palestinian refugees in the region.

      (2) Grant aid (food aid) through the World Food Programme (WFP): 270 million JPY

      On July 14 (Tue), notes to this effect were exchanged in Rome. This aid will provide flour and other items to residents of the Palestinian Territories.

      (3) Grant aid for the Project for Infectious Diseases Prevention for Palestinian Children through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): 121 million JPY

      On August 11 (Tue), notes to this effect were exchanged in Ramalla (where the Palestinian Authority is located). To support the efforts of the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Authority, which is working with UNICEF for the expansion of immunization, this aid provides measles vaccines and related equipment for 120,000 infants in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Training will also be held for Palestinian health service employees regarding safe vaccination methods and post-vaccination medical waste management. 

  2. This package of grant aid was provided as a part of the 200 million USD for the Palestinians, which Japan pledged at the International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in March 2009.
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