(KPL) The government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth over US$ 281,000 for a pediatric project in Huaphan Province, northern Laos.
The signing ceremony for the grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane on Jan 30 between Charge d’affaires ad interim of Japan to the Lao PDR Kazuhiro Kuno and Programme Manager of Medecins du Monde Japon (MdM Japon) Yuko Yoneda in the presence of Vice Governor of Huaphan Province Phousone Thammavixay and other representatives from line ministries.
The project entitled Enhancement of pediatric systems in Huaphan Province through capacity building of health personnel and of village health promoters, is in its third year and aims to contribute to reducing the mortality rates of children under 5 years old in Xone and Huameuang districts by improving pediatric services at health facilities as well as by enhancing villagers’ understanding of issues relating to children’s health through Village Health Committees’ health promotion activities.
In the first two years, of the project, provincial and district staff were trained as trainers of child care and health education. Then the training was conducted to hospital and health centre staff as well as to the village health committees’ staff. Further, MdM Japon has provided support to the villages affected by the flood last year in connection with Huaphan Provincial and district authorities.
MdM is a global network working with medical professionals in order to provide medical services to people whose access to medical services has been interrupted for whatever reason, such as natural disasters, conflicts, or poverty.
From 2012-2015, MdM Japon together with MdM France had ran a maternal and child health project in Champassak including the introduction of free care services for mothers and children under 5 years old.
Source: Lao News Agency