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Japan provides over USD 400,000 to improve health facilities, bridge, school in Laos

The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth US$403,768 for two health projects in Luang Prabang and Vientiane, two bridge projects in Bokeo and Champasak and one education project in Champassak through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The grant contracts were signed on Dec 18 at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane between Ambassador of Japan to the Lao P.D.R Takewaka Keizo and representatives of the respective district and provincial authorities where the projects are implemented.

One of the projects in the health sector is to provide equipment such as plasma rapid freezer and transportation boxes to the Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre in Vientiane. The project aims to strengthen the cold-chain for blood by making proper temperature conditions employed between the Centre and the provinces.

This project will be implemented under Public-Private-Partnership in collaboration with a Japanese private company, Daido Industries, Inc. which manufactures a wide range of medical products.

Another health project to construct a health centre in Nonsavan, Luang Prabang aims to improve the quality of medical treatment by supplementing the current old facilities.

The two projects for the construction of bridges will be implemented in Namitin village, Bokeo and Bok village, Champasak respectively, where access to public facilities including local markets is limited especially during the rainy season.

The education project constructs facilities at the Dondaeng Secondary School in Champasak aiming to improve the educational environment by constructing a new school building and facilities.

At the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2020, the Government of Japan announced Grant Assistance worth 1 billion yen for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the end of March in 2021, as KUSANONE (grassroots) Mekong SDGs initiative, aimed at supporting the social and economic development of local towns and villages across the Mekong region including the Lao P.D.R.

“In order to ensure “no one will be left behind” through rectification of regional disparity, the Government of Japan will continue to support the Lao government to improve the basic standard of living at grassroots level in Laos,” emphasised Ambassador Takewaka.

Source: Lao News Agency