The Japanese government on Monday provided grant assistance worth US$365,651 for a pediatric project in Huaphan Province.
The signing ceremony for the grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane Capital between Ambassador of Japan to Laos Takeshi Hikihara and Director of Project Division of Medecins du Monde Japan (MdMJ) Katsuhiko Takeda.
Huaphan Governor Vansay Phengsoumma and other officials witnessed the signing ceremony.
MdMJ is a Japanese non-profit organization that has been implementing a pediatric technical support project in Champassak Province. The grant extended at this time will fund activities in the first year of this three-year project.
This project, “Enhancement of pediatric systems in Huaphan Province through the capacity building of health personnel and of village health promoters,” aims to contribute to reducing the mortality rates of children under five years old in Xone and Houameuang districts through the improvement of pediatric services and skills at health facilities, and by improving villagers’ understanding of the health of children by means of qualifying health promotion activities provided by Village Health Communities.
Through this project, pediatric training and on-site supervision with provincial/district health staff will be provided to improve skills for the examination of children under 5 years old (CU5), capacity building will be held for Village Health Communities to promote the accurate knowledge of CU5 health topics in the villages, and medical equipment will be distributed to meet the needs of services and health promotions at the village level.
It is expected that the CU5 free care services will be best utilized by improving the quality of pediatric medical services and enhancing disease prevention behaviors in villages in a way that reduces medical expenses at the household level, leading to the free care scheme to benefit the most vulnerable people in need.
Source: Lao News Agency