Japan: Announces 70 Million Yen in Aid to Kenya

The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grant aid of up to a total of 70 million yen to the Republic of Kenya for the “Project for Improvement of District Hospitals in the Western Region of the Republic of Kenya (Detailed Design).” Notes to this effect were exchanged on January 10 (Wed) in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, between Mr. Satoru Miyamura, Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, and Mr. Amos Kimunya, Minister for Finance of Kenya.

In the Republic of Kenya, medical care in Kenya is in the severest situation in the world. The maternal mortality rate, which is a basic indicator in the section of healthcare, is 1,000 per 100,000 live births, and the infant mortality rate is 78 per 1,000 live births. Above all, in the Western region of Kenya (five districts in the provinces of Nyanza and Rift Valley), which is the targeted region of this project, such epidemic diseases as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS are rampant. The infant mortality rate is as high as 133 per 1,000 live births in the province of Nyanza.

Against such a background, Japan provided grant aid for the “Project for Improvement of Health Centers in the Western Part of Kenya” (2000-2001) and launched the project to improve local medical care centers. For secondary medical facilities, which will be main ones in the Western region, the Government of the Republic of Kenya requested the assistance needed to improve the facilities of two district hospitals in Kisii, Nyanza Province, and Kericho, Rift Valley Province, and grant aid to improve the medical equipment of the hospitals.

Improving the functions of the two hospitals under this project will enable them to share roles properly between them and the provincial hospitals where patients are concentrated. It is expected the hospital in Kisii District will stably provide about 2,000 operations including cesarean sections per year, and the one in Kericho District will stably provide medication for more than 80,000 outpatients including emergency cases per year, which will contribute to the improvement of the healthcare, hygienic environment, and living environment of the local residents.

The grant aid is part of Japan’s commitment to Africa announced by ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at the Asia-Africa Summit Meeting held last April in Indonesia.

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