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E.U., UNICEF To Provide $59M To Nigeria For Health, Water Initiatives

The European Union (E.U.) and UNICEF have agreed to provide 44.75 million euros ($59 million) to Nigeria for water and health projects, Bloomberg reports. Maternal and child health programs in two northern states will receive 40 million euros over four years, with the remaining 14.75 million euros going to water and sanitation programs in three states, the news service notes. “At least 1.5 million children and 380,000 pregnant women will benefit annually from the health project in Adamawa and Kebbi while about 80 percent of rural dwellers in Plateau, Ekiti and Adamawa will get improved water supplies and sanitation,” Bloomberg writes, adding, “The E.U. from 2012 to 2017 plans to invest about 200 million euros to improve water and sanitation in the West African country, according to [a] statement” from the E.U. delegation to Nigeria (Bala-Gbogbo, 6/3).