Japan extends $31.4 million grant aid for maternal and child healthcare in Sindh

The Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan says that Japan would continue assisting "vulnerable people" in Pakistan.

Japan pledges $2.7 mn to support Pakistani youth, Afghan refugeesThe Government of Japan has extended a grant assistance of ¥3,445 million (around ₨. 5221.6 million ) to Pakistan.

This grant assistance aims to ensure adequate maternal and child health care facilities in Sindh.

According to details, notes to this effect were signed and exchanged between the Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan, Matsuda Kuninori, and the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Zulfiqar Haider, on Tuesday.

Later on, the grant agreement was signed and exchanged between the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Pakistan Office Chief Representative, Furuta Shigeki, and the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Syeda Adeela Bokhari.

The Japanese grant assistance will be utilized in establishing a new maternal and child health center at the Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Jamshoro, Sindh.

The new health centers will include necessary departments, such as obstetrics and pediatrics, for maternal and child health care.

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Obstetrics focuses on maternal health care, such as pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. 

Pediatrics focuses on child health care, including that of infants, children, and adolescents.


These departments will include a labor room, an obstetrics ward, a neonatal intensive care unit, a maternal and fetal intensive care unit (ICU), a laboratory, and outpatient consultation rooms.

Additionally, around 120 medical equipment items, including newborn incubators and ultrasonic diagnostic devices, will be installed in the hospital.

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These new maternal and child health care departments in LUMHS are set to be completed by 2024.

According to the Japanese ambassador, healthcare is one of the “most basic human necessities in every country” worldwide.

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He stressed that women and children are left in a vulnerable position regarding healthcare as the necessary healthcare requirements for these groups are often not available.

Kuninori added that Japan would continue assisting these “vulnerable people” in Pakistan.


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  • Federal Government must hold this money and release it to the projects by project after the implementation or completions or as per the requirement to the companies who will provide services or medicines/experties.
    Otherwise this entire Grant will be GONE WITH PPP, poors will keep suffering.


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