Update: 2nd June, 2016
An inauguration ceremony for “The Project for the Construction of Community Health Clinic in Khamrang Village, Kolasib district, Mizoram”, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP), was held on 4th May, 2016 at Khamrang, Mizoram. Under this project a community health clinic, four patient beds and one delivery bed were handed over by the Government of Japan to Mission Foundation Movement (MFM).
The ceremony was attended by Mr. Lal Thanhawla, Honourable Chief Minister of Mizoram, relevant officers of the State Government and Mr. H. Lalchhungnunga, Chairman, Mission Foundation Movement as well as Mr. Akio Isomata, Minister Economic and Mr. Kazuhisa Yoshida, First Secretary, from The Embassy of Japan in India.
The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) was started in 1989 to address a wide range of development needs of developing countries. In India GGP has been extended to such projects as health centers, primary schools, old age homes etc.
Through this project, funding assistance of which amounts to US$ 72,307, one community health clinic was constructed for the local villagers and also patient beds and delivery beds were provided, with the aim to enhance the health services in the base village as well as four neighbouring villages.
The Project site is situated in village Khamrang which is approximately 50 km from the state capital Aizawl and the nearest medical facility was situated at a distance of 22 km. The Community Health Clinic constructed under this project will help provide quality health services to the increasing population in Khamrang village and also provide easy accessibility given the scarcity of medical facilities in the area.
The Government of Japan hopes that the community health clinic and delivery and patient beds through this grant assistance project as a token of friendship and goodwill from the people of Japan, will help improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries by giving access to basic health care to the underprivileged persons in India, as well as further develop the relations of friendship and cooperation between Japan and India.
*A new baby girl was born at this community health clinic on 20th May 2016. The village chief said this is the first time in this village a baby girl is delivered in a clinic. As a commemoration of this project, the baby girl is going to be given a Japanese name according to MFM.
*Update: 2nd June 2016
As a commemoration of this support from Japan and Ms. Hitomi Takahira who is working as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) in Mizoram District, the baby girl was named “Hitomi”.