Japan Provides 5.3 Million Zambian Kwacha (ZMW) to JOICFP
On 2nd December, Mr. Shuichi SAKAKIBARA, Chargé d ’Affaires ad Interim of Japan to Zambia, signed, on behalf of the Government of Japan, a grant contract with Ms. Amane FUNABASHI, Project Manager of Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP).
The contract, amounting to 544,771 United States dollars, or approximately 5.3 million Zambian Kwacha, was signed to facilitate the implementation of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health One Stop Service Project in Masaiti and Mpongwe Districts in Zambia. This is the final year, Phase Three, of the three-year community-based comprehensive project within ten project areas of Masaiti and Mpongwe Districts.
During Phase Three, JOICFP will start the construction of a maternity waiting house and other facilities in the Mikata Rural Health Centre(RHC), Mpongwe District, as it did in Mutaba RHC during Phase One and in Kalweo RHC during Phase Two. The project activities for Phase Three also include the training of Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG), implementation of sensitization activities regarding pregnancy and family planning, and provision of medical equipment necessary for delivery.
It is hoped that the activities of JOICFP will further contribute to the reduction of mortality rate of mothers and babies in Masaiti and Mpongwe Districts.
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