Grant Contract Signing Ceremony with three Japanese NGOs under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects



On 20th March 2024, Ambassador Takeuchi signed the Grant Contracts for three projects under the “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects”. The total grant amounts to approx. 1.6 million US dollars, and the signings were officially sealed by three Japanese NGOs as follows:
Name of the NGO: Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR JAPAN)
Signer: Mr. YAMASHITA Shuichi, Acting Country Representative
Title of the Project: Promoting Basic Education in Meheba Refugee Settlement (Phase 2) (Amount: 553,448 US dollars)
Project Summary: The project will contribute to the expansion and improvement of basic education in the Meheba Refugee Settlement in North-Western Province through the construction of secondary school facilities, training of primary and secondary school teachers, and adult literacy training.
Name of NGO: Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA)
Signer: Mr. TANAKA Yuta, Resident Representative
Title of the Project: TB Control Project through the strengthening case finding and management at health facilities in Lusaka district. (Phase 2) (Amount: 553,448 US dollars)
Project Summary: The project will contribute to the early detection and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) among the local population by providing X-ray machines and training to strengthen the capacity of doctors in four health and medical facilities in Matero and Chilenje, Lusaka District.
Signatory: Mr. TANAKA Yosuke, Project Manager
Title of the Project: Project to Improve Access to Medical Imaging Diagnosis in Chisamba and Chibombo Districts, Central Province (New Project) (Amount: 510,039 US dollars)
Project Summary: The project will introduce portable X-ray machines in Chisamba and Chibombo Districts, Central Province, to improve access to health care in rural areas and contribute to the early diagnosis of tuberculosis.
The implementation of these three projects will contribute to Zambia's goal of supporting refugees, universal and quality education and health services.
Dr. George Sinyangwe, Permanent Secretary - Donor Coordination, who attended the ceremony on behalf of the Guest of Honour, Honourable Health Minister Sylvia Masebo, said that these projects demonstrate the long-standing cooperation between the two countries and supplement Zambia's commitment to improving access to quality health and education services in Zambia.
Her Worship Ms. Chilando Chitangala, Mayor of the City of Lusaka, congratulated and toasted the signing ceremony.
Ambassador Takeuchi expressed his confidence that through these three projects, Japan would contribute to poverty reduction and promotion of economic development by improving universal health coverage through the fight against tuberculosis among the people of Zambia and equality in education. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Zambia, Ambassador also wished that these projects would serve as a new and even stronger foundation for cooperation between the two countries in the decades to come.
* To read the speech by Ambassador Takeuchi, please click here.