March 4: The Japanese government has announced to provide grant assistance of US$ 433,030 (approximately Rs 50 million) to Nepal for implementing a project to improve newborns and child health in Banke district.
Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masamichi Saigo signed a grant agreement of with Yuka Onishi, Program Manager of ADRA Japan, in this regard on Wednesday (March 4).
The support was extended under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme for FY 2019. The project will be implemented by ADRA Japan, an international NGO based in Tokyo, with the implementing partner NGO, ADRA Nepal, and its local NGO partner, ENRUDEC.
The grant assistance will be used to repair and upgrade two health posts in the district and for the installation of 48 medical facilities, including at the Provincial Hospital.
According to the Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu, the project focuses on enhancing the capacity development of service providers and on raising awareness of local communities. ADRAbelieves that the understanding the importance of care is the first step towards saving the lives of new born babies, reads a statement issued by the embassy.
The Embassy of Japan in Nepal expressed hope that the project will enhance child health care servicesand the understanding of people about basic health care.
The embassy further said it also believes that the project will further strengthen the friendly relations between the people of Japan and Nepal.
Earlier on February 27, Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Saigo had handed over an oxygen generation and distribution system to Dhankuta District Hospital.
The system was built with grant assistance of USD 88,118 (approximately Rs 9.66 million).
At the handover ceremony, Ambassador Saigo said that the assistance would enable patients to access oxygen promptly and more easily, and the system would raise the standard of services provided by the hospital.
The project for installing an oxygen generation and distribution system at the hospital was funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan. The project was managed by the District Hospital, Dhankuta.
Over 200 people visit the hospital in the outpatient Department (OPD) every day and it regularly has about 15 to 20 hospitalized patients. The oxygen supply will benefits patients requiring operations and those with respiratory issues, the statement added.