Japan provides assistance worth US$ 83,230 for health facilities to the disadvantaged communities

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad-The Government of Japan has extended a grant of US $ 83,230 to Al Mustafa Trust for installing new medical equipment at its medical center in Chaklala, Rawalpindi to better serve the underprivileged communities in surrounding areas. The Government of Japan has extended this grant under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme to implement the social development project for the betterment of the disadvantaged communities of Pakistan.

 

The agreement for the project was signed on 21 March 2017 at the Al Mustafa Trust’s head office in Rawalpindi, between Chargé ď Affaires ad Interim of Japan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Junya Matsuura and chairman of the trust Lt Gen (R) Muhammad Mustafa Khan.

 

The grant provided by the Government of Japan will assist in the installation of new digital X-ray machine and up-gradation of physiotherapy equipment to the one of Al Mustafa Trust’s medical centers located in Chaklala, Rawalpindi. The project is expected to assist Al Mustafa Trust in addressing the health needs of local underprivileged communities’ with a better quality and easily accessible facility.

 

Al Mustafa Trust was established in 1998 with a mission to provide primary health care facilities to the marginalized and needy members of its surrounding communities; and at nominal rates to those who can afford to pay. The Trust now has 23 medical facilities, mostly in rural areas of the country.

 

Mr. Junya Matsuura, at the signing ceremony, stressed the importance of work of Al Mustafa Trust in providing reliable and affordable medical facilities, he wished for successful implementation of the project by expressing that this project would improve the general welfare of people in the area, and doing so would undoubtedly strengthen the existing friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.

 

So far, during the current Japanese Fiscal Year (April 2016 - March 2017), Government of Japan has provided financial assistance of worth US $ 500,362 to 6 Pakistani NGOs under the GGP program, which includes a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project; and more projects for this year are in pipeline to get assistance from Government of Japan.

 

Note: The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme is an initiative of the Japanese government with the belief that, in consideration of the enormity of the challenges being faced by the world today, development assistance should not only be limited to governments but also be channeled to the grassroots level through civil society organizations. Since it began in 1989, the GGP Programme has supported more than 365 projects throughout Pakistan, with a contribution of more than 2.5 billion Japanese Yen.