Japan Press Release
19th February 2014
Japan Supports Health in Western Uganda through the Grant of USD 98,710
Today, the Embassy of Japan is going to hand over a project in Western Uganda of around JPY 8 million (US$ 98,710) in total for construction of a maternity ward at Bubangizi Health Centre in Mitooma District.
H.E. Junzo Fujita, Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, will officiate the commissioning of the project.
Mitooma District is located in south western Uganda and Bugangizi Health Centre is the only health centre offering maternity services in the district. The health centre has well trained midwives and nurses who can tend mothers, but lacks adequate space for services. Even after utilizing spaces in general wards and immunization halls, there is still not enough space for expectant mothers who would need close attention. Consequently, mothers are sent back home only to come back for labor which this increases the risk of delivering at home by themselves and the death toll of both mothers and babies. The project has constructed a maternity ward, provided 2 delivery beds, 18 inpatient beds and 58 mosquito nets for the patients to improve the health service delivery for 106,900 people living in the area.
The donation by Japan is part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a scheme administered by the Embassy of Japan to support community development projects to uplift the life of the people at the grassroots level. So far in Uganda, total of 181 projects have been funded under the GGP scheme since its initiation in 1992.
Japan, steadily promoting the ownership of and the partnership with African countries through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, is committed to boosting quality growth, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and consolidating peace and good governance in Africa.