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Sweden, Unicef partner to improve lives of Bangladeshi children

  • Sweden contributes SEK 150 million
  • Support for Unicef’s Bangladesh program
  • Focus on health, nutrition
Update : 07 Sep 2023, 07:16 PM

The Government of Sweden is contributing SEK (Kr) 150 million to improve the lives of children in Bangladesh through Sweden’s partnership with Unicef. 

The funds will be used to support Unicef’s Country Program in Bangladesh with a focus on health, nutrition, WASH and child protection, reads a press release issued on Thursday. 

“I am delighted that this substantial contribution of flexible, multi-year funding from the government of Sweden will enable Unicef Bangladesh to channel resources where they are needed most,” said Sheldon Yett, Unicef representative to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has made significant progress in addressing the needs and rights of children, but there are however still significant challenges to overcome, the press release said. 

With this support, Unicef will continue ongoing programs including strengthening primary healthcare, providing safe water and sanitation and protecting women and children from violence, abuse and neglect, it added. 

The government of Sweden is an important advocate for children’s rights and the partnership with Unicef in Bangladesh has evolved from a project-focused collaboration to a strategic partnership to realize child rights in Bangladesh, particularly those from the most disadvantaged communities, according to the press release. 

Through this partnership, Sweden will continue to work with Unicef and the government of Bangladesh to ensure that sustainable initiatives are in place to help meet the needs and rights of children in vulnerable communities, the press release said. 

The Swedish Ambassador Alex Berg von Linde said: “Children are our common future. Sweden firmly believes that investing in a safe and healthy environment for children is essential for the wellbeing of society at large.”

“I am happy to enter into this partnership with Unicef, where Sweden can continue to support children´s rights and wellbeing in Bangladesh,” she added. 

Since 2005, Sweden has contributed over $ 60 million to Unicef in Bangladesh, and is consistently one of the largest contributors to Unicef’s global core resources, the press release said. 

Sweden’s generous contributions help deliver results for millions of children every year through Unicef's development and humanitarian programs across the world, it added.

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