Japan supports UNHCR’s 2022 response for refugees in Rwanda


The Japanese government has announced its support for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) operation and refugee response in Rwanda, amounting to $1.18 million.

This contribution from the Japanese government will strengthen UNHCR’s efforts in various health-related services available to refugees and the host community in and around the Mahama refugee camp.

The generous support of the Japanese people will help strengthen basic health care systems; improve water and sanitation conditions, especially in areas where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is high; fight against infection and prevention of Covid-19 through the knowledge and development of habits and effective prevention behaviors for children and adolescents. In addition, this contribution will also improve the provision of protection and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable IDPs and the host community, such as victims of gender-based violence (GBV).

At the end of February 2022, the Mahama refugee camp, located in Kirehe district, Eastern province, hosted 55,907 refugees – mainly Burundians and Congolese.

The project will be implemented for a period of 11 months, from February to December 2022, thanks to the generosity of the Japanese government and the Japanese people.

Mr. Ahmed Baba Fall, the UNHCR Representative in Rwanda, commended the Government of Japan for its continued support in providing humanitarian assistance to people of concern in Rwanda; noting that the support will enable UNHCR to cover vital needs in the health protection and WASH sectors, but also to strengthen the Covid-19 response to refugees in Mahama camp and host communities.

“We are pleased to have this vital support as we continue to mitigate and prevent the impacts of Covid-19 on refugees and the host community. Ensuring that adequate health care is accessible to the people we serve is a key element in ensuring their protection, while durable solutions are sought. We are grateful to the Japanese government for supporting refugees during this global pandemic,” said Mr. Baba Fall.

HE Mr. Masahiro Imai, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda said, “It is with pleasure that this project, with our support, will improve the health of refugees in Mahama camp and their living environment, including water and sanitation. sanitation, and will help prevent infection through Covid. -19 risk awareness. Japan appreciates the efforts that have been made by the Rwandan government and UNHCR in this regard, and we wish to continue working with them.”

The Government of Japan has an excellent track record of supporting UNHCR’s humanitarian work around the world. In Rwanda, Japan has supported UNHCR operations with funding amounting to more than $10 million over the past 10 years.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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