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Japan funds pediatric project in Huaphan

The government of Japan has provided a grant worth US$365,651 (about 3 billion kip) for a pediatric project in Huaphan province.

A grant contract for the project was signed at the Japanese Embassy in Laos yesterday by the Ambassador of Japan to Laos Mr Takeshi Hikihara and Director of the Project Division of Médecins du Monde Japon, Mr K atsuhiko Takeda.

The signing ceremony was attended by Huaphan provincial Governor Mr Vanxay Phengxoumma and other provincial officials.

Médecins du Monde Japon is a Japanese non-profit organisation that has previously provided support for a pediatric project in Champassak province. The grant extended yesterday will fund activities for the first year of this three-year proje ct.

The project, titled “Enhancement of pediatric systems in Huaphan province through the capacity building of health personnel and of village health promoters”, aims to help reduce mortality rates among children under the age of five in Xone and Huameuang districts.

This will be achieved by upgrading the level of pediatric services at health facilities, and through improvements to villagers' understanding of children's health by means of qualifying for Village Health Committee health promotion activities. Through the project, pediatric training and on-site supervision for provincial and district health staff will be provided to improve their examination skills of children under the age of five.

Capacity building through Village Health Committees will encourage more accurate knowledge of health issues in the under-fives, and medical equipment will be distributed to meet the needs of service providers at the village level.

It is expected that children under the age of five will be given free healthcare and that this will be best utilised by improving the quality of pediatric medical services and enhancing disease preventative behaviour in villages in a way that reduces medical expenses at the household level, leading to the free care scheme benefitting the most vulnerable people.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
January 31,

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