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Japan Aid for Updating Niutao and Nui Health Centres

January 22, 2009

The Government of Japan will provide a sum of US$176,112.00 for upgrading structures for Niutao and Nui Health Centres in Tuvalu. The funding will be sourced from Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.

The Grant Contract formalising Japan’s assistance will be signed between Mr Kakee Kaitu, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health of Tuvalu, and His Excellency Mr Yutaka Yoshizawa, the Ambassador of Japan to Tuvalu, at 12:00 p.m., on 22nd January 2009 at the Embassy of Japan, Level 2 - Dominion House, Thomson Street, Suva.

Niutao and Nui Health Centres have been providing primary health care in the both islands. The shortage of wards often hindered the health centre’s ability to serve the people of outer islands. These assistances will succeed the Vaitupu Health Centre project assisted by Japan last year which is the first project under the programme for upgrading medical infrastructure through outer islands of Tuvalu.

The GGP programme is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, sanitary environment and rural infrastructure. Japan’s assistance to these projects indicates its commitment to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of the people in Tuvalu and is in line with its Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy of promoting development at grassroots level. Projects for rehabilitation of health centres in islands of Tuvalu have been prioritised in Tuvalu’s National Strategic Plan and Japan has decided to assist in the upgrading of Niutao and Nui Health Centres as fairly urgent projects in this sector. It is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties between the governments and the people of Tuvalu and Japan.

 

Speech by H.E. Yutaka Yoshizawa, the Ambassador of Japan
At the Grant Contract Signing Ceremony for the Projects for rehabilitation of Health Centre for Niutao and Nui Islands
Embassy of Japan, Suva, Fiji
Thursday, 22nd January 2009, 12.00 p.m.

It is my honor to be present here today and officiate in the Grant Contract signing ceremony for the Niutao and Nui Health Centre, in Tuvalu.
Today’s ceremony formalizes Japan’s assistance to these two Health Centres under the Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects Programme (GGP), succeeding the Vaitupu Health Centre project which is the first project under the programme for upgrading medical infrastructure through outer islands of Tuvalu.

As Japan acknowledges the importance of providing high quality and cost effective health service in Tuvalu which has been prioritized in Tuvalu’s National Development Strategies. I am glad to note the successful progress of the Princess Margaret Hospital, the premier hospital of Tuvalu constructed by the assistance of the Government of Japan which is seen as a symbol of Japan’s contribution to Tuvalu in health sector.

While recognizing Tuvalu Health Ministry’s commitment to its core functions in providing adequate and fundamental health services, Japan appreciates the initiative of the Ministry for upgrading of medical service health in outer islands of Tuvalu.
This initiative is in line with current Tuvalu’s National strategy for sustainable development “ Te Kakeega II”, and I am confident that the assistances for these two health centres will strongly boost the effort of the Ministry.

The GGP is designed to address basic human needs such as, health, education, water supply, sanitary environment and training, to cohesively promote development at grassroots level. Japan has provided funding assistance to 28 projects with a total value of approximately 1.7 million US dollars to Tuvalu since the inception of the GGP programme in 1992 till 2008.

Source: Embassy of Japan, Suva, Fiji


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