Japan provides $728,501 for medical care and child mortality reduction

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Japan has agreed to provide $728,501 to three beneficiary organizations under the Japanese NGO Project Grant to improve the medical system to perform pediatric surgery, strengthen community care and support network for children and to improve the learning environment through the construction of primary schools. .

The grant contract was signed yesterday between Japanese Ambassador Mikami Masahiro and representatives of the three recipients, to carry out the projects.

In a press release issued by the Japanese Embassy, ​​the embassy said that $125,012 will be allocated for three years to improve the medical system to perform pediatric surgery in Kratie province, where the Development Foundation international/relief will ensure the training of the medical personnel of the provincial orientation. The hospital, health centers and health villages are volunteering to improve the quality of surgical practice in the hospital in addition to strengthening the patient transport network in the province and improving the understanding of medical care in the communities.

An additional $200,906 will be allocated over three years to strengthen community networks of care and support for children in Kampong Cham province. Under this project, Peoples’ Hope Japan aims to reduce the under-five mortality rate and promote the healthy growth of children.

Through this project, 4,669 children under the age of five will benefit from their parents’ improved knowledge, which will help them grow up healthier into the future.

Regarding the third project to improve the learning environment through the construction of a primary school in the province of Battambang, an allocation of US$402,583 will be allocated to the Shanti Volunteer association which will construct school buildings with an adjoining library room, restrooms and hand washing station at three primary schools in the province to improve learning and sanitary environment.

Thanks to this project, 1,140 students and teachers from the targeted schools will be able to study in a safer and more comfortable environment and will have access to better quality education.

Meanwhile, Mikami said that since 2002, the Japanese government has provided grants to Japanese NGOs for economic and social development in the country or region.

So far, he said the embassy has provided grants for at least 130 projects in Cambodia and each of these projects aims to promote quality and improved livelihoods for the Cambodian people.

“The current subsidy should also benefit all Cambodians, including children,” he added.

The National Director of the Foundation for International Development, Saeki Kazato, said that they have worked at the National Children’s Hospital for 20 years and now they want to further improve pediatric surgery.

“After 20 years, the hospital is now a leading national pediatric hospital for surgeries, treatment and education. Now our move to Katie province is also to ensure that the hospital there has full capacity to do all forms of surgeries instead of sending patients back to Phnom Penh,” Saeki said.

Meanwhile, the field office director of the Japanese NGO based in Battambang province, Yun Visna, said he would implement the project as detailed in the signed contract so that the children learn in a safe environment. sure.

“The work in the three targeted schools involves a lot of work and we hope to implement them successfully with the cooperation of community members and their counterparts,” he added.

People Hope Japan’s national director, Ishiyama Kanako, said women who live in remote areas of the province still lack proper facilities or hospitals to give birth and also face follow-up issues.

She added that with the allocation of the grant, they hope to work with the existing hospital to have better birthing facilities and rooms for women.

She said they will also work hard to reduce the under-five mortality rate and to promote healthy growth of children and for this they will work with medical staff and health volunteers in addition to expanding their network to villages and communities.

“We will also provide nutrition education with cooking training to improve the knowledge of villagers who have young children,” Ishiyama added.

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