Japan Issues Grant for Promotion of Women's Health in Zambia

In late January, the government of Japan signed a US $685,167 (or 6.8 million Zambian Kwacha) grant for the Republic of Zambia. It is targeted for the implementation of a project of the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO PRojects, "Promotion of Women's Health throughout the Life Cycle at One-Stop Service Site in Zambia (Phase One)".

The grant was jointly signed off by Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and Ms. Amane Funabashi, Program Manager of Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP).

The contract covers the first year of the three-year development cooperation project targeting 11 areas of Masaiti District, Mpongwe District and Lufwanyama District in Copperbelt Province.

During Phase One of the project, JOICFP will develop One Stop Service facilities at existing Rural Health Centres to include a maternity waiting house and a youth centre, among others, to provide comprehensive services. JOICEF will also undertake capacity improvement activities for the staff of health offices and those responsible for health services in the Districts concerned so that they may appropriately train members of Safety Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs) and Peer Educators (PEs).

Through the “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO projects” scheme, the Government of Japan provides grant assistance to Japanese NGOs which implement economic and social development projects in developing countries.