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Japan provides over USD 520,000 to improve health facilities, schools across the country

The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth US$522,221 for two health projects in Xieng Khuang and Vientiane Provinces and three education projects in Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, and Xayabouly Provinces through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The grant contracts were signed at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane on Jan 20, 2021 between Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR Takewaka Keizo, and representatives of the respective provincial authorities where the projects are implemented.

One of the projects is to construct a new health centre at Phiangdang District, Xieng Khuang Province since the old facility was completely destroyed by floods in 2018. Another health project is to construct a mother and child health facility of Hinheup District Hospital in Vientiane Province.

This aims to improve the capacity and appropriate environment for antenatal care

At the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2020, the Government of Japan announced Grant Assistance worth 1 billion yen for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the end of March, 2021. This KUSANONE (grassroots) Mekong SDGs initiative is aimed at supporting the social and economic development of local towns and villages across the Mekong region including in the Lao P.D.R.

In order to ensure “no-one left behind” through rectification of regional disparity, the Government of Japan will continue to support the Lao Government to improve the basic standard of living at grassroots level in the Lao P.D.R.

Source: Lao News Agency