17 December 2007

Ethiopia: Japan Supports Health Service for the Poor

Addis Ababa — The government of Japan is committed to support Ethiopia's efforts to deliver health services to the poor.

This was stated during an inauguration ceremony of a Japan-supported health centre that took place on Saturday at the Bole-Bulbula kebele 17/19/20.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ethiopia, in his speech at the inauguration ceremony emphasized the Japanese government's commitment to assisting the most vulnerable and marginalized people in Ethiopia.

He said this was based on the Japanese government's belief that human security must be given priority in the development effort, focusing on human-centered development and the protection and empowerment of vulnerable people and communities The health centre was constructed in line with a grant contract that was signed in September 2006, between the Embassy of Japan and the Aba Wolde Tinsae Gizaw Mothers and Children Wale fare Association, to the amount of 89,827 USD.

The money was used to construct one consultation room block, one waiting room block, and one block of latrines for the poor people in the semi-urban setting of Bole-Bulbula.

Before the project, most of the community members did not have access to health services.

The constructed health center is now providing the proper health service at very reasonable rates for the deprived members of the community who, according to some locals, suffered for luck of such a service before the new centre.

The center is also providing free voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS, according to the Project Manager Zenebe Mamo told The Daily Monitor during the inauguration ceremony.

Japan's Grassroots and Human Security Project has also assisted Voluntary Counseling and Testing HIV/AIDS in Addis Ababa (2004-05), the Estie Health Center in Amhara (2005-06), the Mother and Child Health Care in Awassa (2005-06), the Neurosurgery Department at the Myungsung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa(2005-06,) and the Urology Department at Black Lion University Hospital(2005-07), among others.

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