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Japan’s Assistance for the Project for Improving Maternal and Child Health through Promoting Capacity Development at 4 VDCs in Rupandehi District

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The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial assistance of 470,807 US Dollars; equivalent to approximately 40,381,116 Nepalese Rupees to AMDA Multisectoral and Integrated Development Services (AMDA-MINDS) under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme of the Government of Japan in Japan’s FY 2011. AMDA-MINDS will implement the Project for Improving Maternal and Child Health through Promoting Capacity Development at four Village Development Committees (VDCs) in Rupandehi District. The Grant Contract relating this project was signed and exchanged today between His Excellency Mr. Kunio TAKAHASHI, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Ms. Maiko KOBAYASHI, Country Director, AMDA- MINDS Nepal Office.

AMDA-MINDS has many years' experience in conducting maternal and child health care projects in Nepal under various assistance scheme from the Government of Japan. Prior to the project which was signed today, AMDA-MINDS has implemented a project named "Safe Mother-and-Childhood through Promoting Capacity Development in Sixteen Rural Villages in Rupandehi" under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects scheme of the Government of Japan in Japan's FY 2010. Under this project, AMDA-MINDS has supported more than 600 rural women by upgrading medical equipment at Sub-Health Posts in the targeted area and improving the access to safe maternal health care services through health trainings and awareness campaigns. The achievement of the former project can be seen in peoples' behavioral changes, such as having the appropriate medical examinations during pregnancy and transferring serious patients to a medical institution without delay.

To enhance the outcomes from the former project and expand their activities to other communities, AMDA-MINDS will utilize the grant exclusively to promote capacity development at four VDCs in Rupandehi District, namely, Mainahiya, Hatti Bangaai, Kamahariya, and Dhamauli. Under the new project, all 36 communities in the four VDCs will be covered and provided with maternal and child care services such as various health workshops, capacity building assistance and access to community funds for emergency purposes. In addition, AMDA-MINDS will support to develop solidarity between local people and health administration bodies in Rupandehi District.

Speaking at the function, H.E. Mr. Kunio TAKAHASHI expressed his belief that this project, as one of Japan's contributions to Nepal, will benefit rural communities in Rupandehi and contribute to improve women and children's health condition, could further strengthen the friendly and cordial relationship between Japan and Nepal.