The Japanese government yesterday provided nearly a million dollars to improve children’s surgical systems and clear mines and cluster munitions.
The contract was signed between ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa and representatives of two recipients at the Japanese embassy.
The first project to enhance paediatric surgery in Kratie province involves $238,000. The second, for comprehensive mechanical demining in Kampong Thom, is worth $688,000.
Mr Hidehisa said the second project involved development of an integrated mechanical clearance technique using demining equipment, de-cluster machines and drones in areas where landmines and cluster munitions remained.
“I hope that via the two project, children who get surgery will get good health care in the area and in the second project, people who live in the area will be free of fear over mines,” he said.
Minami Yumiko, country representatives of the Foundation for International Development and Relief, said the first project aimed to develop the capacity of medical staff not only in management of the hospital and medical systems, but also in early detection and treatment.
The organisation will also reach out to communities, including patients and their families to provide health education.
“The project is aimed at three points, the repair of surgery buildings and supplementing and improving surgery materials, improving patient transport in Kratie from health centres to federal hospitals, and training health professionals in children’s surgery,” she said.
Suenaga Noriyoshi, resident representative of Japan Mine Action Service, said the Cambodian government aimed to clear mines by 2025.
Although the risk of landmines and unexploded ordnance has declined in recent years, the suffering of the victims cannot be ignored.
“JMAS intends to be involved in future development by reducing the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia and fully cooperating with the Royal Government of Cambodia on mines,” he said.
“We also want to do this project in a safe, secure and cooperative way with Cambodian staff, including experienced miners, engineers and consultants.”
Last week, the Japanese government agreed to provide $400,000 to improve maternal and child health in Takeo province.
In this project, World Vision Japan will provide training for health workers and health volunteers and health education for mothers.
It will also establish Community Health and Nutrition Boxes which will enable poor families to have access to medical institutions in Kiri Vong Operation district and Koh Andet Operation district, Takeo province, aiming to improve the accessibility to health services and reduce the number of malnourished children and water-borne diseases.
The project also includes the construction of water and sanitation facilities at seven health centres in the two operational districts to improve the medical environment.