Press Release

UNFPA Receives Generous Contribution From Japan for its Maternal Health Project for Afghan Refugees in Iran

2 May 2021

Tehran: UNFPA Iran welcomes a generous contribution of 1,406,345 USD from the Government
of Japan toward its project "Improving Maternal Health for Afghan Refugees and Host Community
Women in Islamic Republic of Iran."
The project includes enhanced access to quality and affordable reproductive health services at
all health system levels for Afghan refugee and host community pregnant women and increased
demand and positive behavior changes among Afghan refugee, particularly pregnant women
and newly-engaged couples.
Dr. Sathya Doraiswamy, UNFPA Representative in Iran said: “By supporting this project through
UNFPA, Japan has yet again demonstrated its global commitment in championing women's
health and protecting their rights. UNFPA Iran is proud to partner with Japan and the Minister
of Health and Medical Education in implementing this high impact project.”
H.E. Mr. AIKAWA Kazutoshi, Ambassador of Japan to Iran said: “Japan has strongly committed
to the improvement of the livelihood of women and children globally. Particularly, it is crucial to
facilitate the expectant mother’s access to healthcare and maternal services. In this regard, the
Government of Japan has allocated more than 1.4 million USD to UNFPA Project aiming at
improving the access and referrals of refugee and host community’s women to health and
community-based services. We hope these kinds of supports will continue to lead to better
living conditions for Afghan Refugees and Host Community Women in Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been hosting one of the largest refugee populations in the
world for well over three decades.