The Japanese Embassy has granted US$265,224 to fund three health-related projects in Ghana, through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP).
The beneficiaries include Integrated Action for Community Development (INTAGRAD), an NGO which received a grant of US$89,253 to be used for constructing a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS Compound) at Seiyiri, a rural community located in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region.
The second is a grant of US$88,139 for the Mampong Municipal Health Directorate. The grant is to be used for constructing a Health Centre, Nurses Quarters and Borehole at Bunoso – a community in the Mampong Municipality, where residents travel about 30 kilometres to access healthcare.
The funds will also be used to procure medical equipment for the Health Centre.
The final grant is an amount of US$87,832 to fund a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at West Gonja Hospital, located in the West Gonja district of the Northern Region.
The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno – speaking at an official grant signing ceremony in Accra, noted that his country is committed to the advancement of Ghana’s development, especially in the areas of health and education.
“Today, we have three wonderful projects related to the health sector because we see health as very crucial to human security.
“A few years ago, the Japanese government designated Ghana as one of three priority countries for universal health coverage in Africa, along with Kenya and Senegal. So, we will continue to be helpful to Ghana in this area,” Mr. Himeno said.
The Ambassador added: “We are very committed to supporting areas like health and education, because these two sectors are important to human security and happiness”.
He further charged the beneficiary communities to ensure that the projects are not only completed but maintained properly after their completion.
Since 1989, he said, the Japanese government through the GGHSP has provided over US$16million in grants for a total of 288 projects in Ghana – mostly in health and education as of the last fiscal year.