Japan provides 69,667 USD to Masaiti District Health Department
On 20 March, Mr. Hideki YAMAJI, Chargé d’Affaires ad intérim of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, presented on behalf of the Government of Japan, a Grant amounting to 69, 667 United States Dollars, or approximately 350 000 Zambian Kwacha Rebased to Masaiti District Health Department to facilitate the implementation of The Project for the Renovation and Expansion of the Maternity Ward at Fiwale Health Centre in Masaiti District, Copperbelt Province.
The Grant has been provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP). GGHSP was introduced in Zambia in 1990 and its primary objective is to support various development projects which enhance human security projects at the grassroots level. More than 150 projects have been implemented in Zambia since its inception.
Masaiti District Health Department has been supervising the operation and maintenance for all 23 operational rural health centres. Among all these centres, Fiwale health centre is one of the biggest health centres in Masaiti District.
The organisation implemented a project that included the construction of maternity waiting rooms in Fiwale in 2011 with the support of JOICFP (Japanese Organisation for International Cooperation in Family Planning). However, since the demand for services has increased in the maternity waiting room, the maternity ward that is located in the same premises of Fiwale health centre has also been having problems with inadequate space and poor condition..
It is in appreciation of the efforts being made by the Masaiti District Health Department that the Government of Japan decided to support The Project for Renovation and Expansion of the Maternity Ward at Fiwale Health Centre in Masaiti District, Copperbelt Province. The funds will be used specifically for the renovation and expansion of the maternity ward building and for the purchase of maternity ward equipment.
It is hoped that the project will help the Masaiti District Health Department to assist not only the expectant mothers living in Fiwale but also the expectant mothers who are living in the entire Masaiti District. It is also hoped that the Project will contribute further to the strengthening of the cordial relations that exist between the people of Japan and the people of Zambia.
To read a speech made by Mr. Yamaji at this signing ceremony, please click here.