A non-refundable aid agreement worth over US$1.06 million has been inked between the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam and two Japanese organizations in charge of two projects that are benefiting children and women in the Southeast Asian country.
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The agreement was signed in a ceremony in Hanoi on Thursday between Yanagi Jun, an envoy of the Japanese Embassy, Ayaka Arai, a representative of Save the Children Japan, which is a charity, and Yamaguchi Sumie, director of the Japan Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), according to the Vietnam News Agency.
Accordingly, Japan will give a new fund of $469,131 to phase 3 of Save the Children Japan’s three-year project that aims to improve nutrition for children and ensure food for the poorest people in Vietnam.
This project has been implemented for the past two years in the six poorest districts of the northern province of Yen Bai, where percentages of stunting and undeveloped children in rural areas are higher than the country’s respective average rates.
Japan will also grant an additional $591,864 to the JOICFP project titled “Setting up a Center for Women Healthcare and Improving Capability for Midwives at Grassroots Levels.”
Over the past few years, the JOICFP has coordinated with the Vietnam Midwives Association to provide high-quality healthcare services for Vietnamese women and set up a women healthcare center in the central city of Hue.
The organization has also run more training courses for midwives of communes and districts in Hue and in remote areas of the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, and Quang Binh.
It has also opened sessions providing basic health knowledge for women and other residents in rural areas in these localities.
The total new funding for the two projects is $1,060,995, which is part of the non-refundable aid Japan has earmarked for Vietnam for the fiscal year 2014.