TOKYO, Japan – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today entered into a new partnership commitment with Sony Group Corporation (Sony) through Japan with UNHCR, which will provide $6 million (USD) to strengthen the access to health care, and water and sanitation to forcibly displaced people and their host communities, helping them recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and better prepare for future health crises.
More than three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees continue to suffer some of the worst consequences of the crisis. Refugees and other forcibly displaced people are among the most vulnerable to water-borne diseases, and poor health and nutrition.
Sony has been a long-time partner in Japan with UNHCR, supporting UNHCR in responding to the needs of internally displaced persons since 2001. From the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sony has been committed to supporting the response efforts. of UNHCR with a contribution of US$3 million in 2020.
With this new three-year commitment, Sony is contributing $6 million from its Global COVID-19 Fund to help UNHCR improve refugees’ access to health care and clean, safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). , for its acronym in English) in Bangladesh and the southern region of Africa. With this support from Sony, UNHCR can provide better health services, improve infrastructure and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, and provide refugees with essential health and nutrition information. This partnership will strengthen community resilience and help better protect against future pandemics and their devastating effects on at-risk communities.
“UNHCR is committed to working with private sector partners like Sony to ensure that no one is left behind in the ongoing recovery from COVID-19 or to better prepare for future health crises,” it said. by Kelly T. Clements, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. “This important partnership means UNHCR can reach more vulnerable refugees with the essential health services and support they need.”
By leveraging Sony’s extensive experience, world-class technology and business infrastructure, UNHCR will be able to improve access to quality health care and water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as strengthen -on hygiene and nutrition promotion activities. , early detection of diseases and response to health risks.
“Sony is proud to partner with UNHCR to provide support that improves the health and future of refugees and internally displaced people.” Established in April 2020, the Sony Global COVID-19 Fund supports people affected by the pandemic in the medical, educational and creative communities. Through the partnership with UNHCR, we will continue to support efforts to address social problems that have become more acute or evident since the outbreak of COVID-19,” said Shiro Kambe, Senior Executive Vice President of Sony Group. Corporation.
This commitment will strengthen efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Health and well-being) and 6 (Clean water and sanitation) and is expected to benefit more than 1.8 million forcibly displaced people. people and their host communities in the next three years.
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About the Sony Global Fund for COVID-19
In April 2020, Sony Group Corporation created the Global COVID-19 Fund, a $100 million (USD) fund to support people affected by the virus around the world. Through this fund, Sony Group Corporation provides assistance in the areas of health, education and support to those working in the arts and entertainment industries, whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the crisis.