Ismail New UNICEF Country Representative

Olushola Ismail is the new UNICEF Country Representative to Papua New Guinea.

Ismail takes over the post from outgoing Country Representative, Baba Danbappa.

UNICEF specifically deals with issues such as health and sanitation, violence against children, nutrition and food security.

Ismail was officially sworn in on June 27.

In a media conference yesterday, Ismail acknowledged the work of former representative, Danbappa, and said he will continue the along the same line.

He also thanked members of the media for imparting information relating to issues surrounding children in the country.

Under his capacity, UNICEF will work together with government, NGO organisations, donor agencies and the media to bring issues relating to children to the attention of policy makers.

Ismail has 24 years of experience across the development sector, primarily working within roles focusing on health and sanitation.

He said children are the basis for development and it is important to recognise them, especially in Papua New Guinea.

In PNG, his focus will be on child protection and he hopes this will lead to an end in violence directed at children.

Ismail will be working for a period of three years in the country.

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