Japan has granted over US$250,000 to continue maternal and child health services in the northern province of Phongsaly.
The grant contract was signed at the Embassy of Japan in Vientiane Capital on Feb 3 between Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR Takeshi Hikihara and Project Manager of the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) Noriko Ando in the witness of Vice Phongsaly Governor Thongsy Saosouliphom, and other relevant officials.
Japan has been supporting the enhancement of maternal and child health services in Laos through various projects.
The grant extended at this time will fund activities in the second year of the three-year project.
“During phase 1 of this project, AAR Japan provided the provincial hospitals, Phongsaly Community Hospitals, and health centers with medical equipment and also organized trainings for their use and maintenance,” said Mr Takeshi Hikihara.
“Additionally, AAR also supported the building of capacity among medical workers at health centers so that the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service system can be strengthened and offer better quality health services to locals,” he added.
“Last year, AAR Japan granted US$182,000 for maternal and child health services at three dispensaries in Phongsaly Province,” said Mr Thongsy Saosouliphom.
In the second phase of this project, medical equipment essential to support extreme cases like abnormal deliveries will be provided, as well as an enhancement of observations of postpartum care for both mothers and children.
Nursing care workshops covering respiratory, circulatory, thermoregulatory and nutritional care, which are indispensable for new born infants, will also be provided to build the capacity of provincial and district hospital staff.
Having activity plans, better communication and participating frequently in outreach activities will allow healthcare workers to perform higher quality maternal and child health services.
Through this project, community health workers will be trained to assist healthcare staff so that maternal and child health services can be implemented properly, information can be disseminated effectively, and communities can deal with emergency cases independently, said Mrs Noriko Ando.
AAR Japan is a Japanese non-profit organization that has been active in the Lao PDR since 2000. With funding from the Japan government, the organization has implemented projects to support the empowerment of people with disabilities through wheelchair production facilities in Vientiane Capital and building the capacity of health care workers to help victims of unexploded ordnance in Xieng Khuang.
Source: Lao News Agency