Japan extends Rs 26M health grant


Japan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hideaki Mizukoshi yesterday (8) handed over ‘essential’ pharmaceuticals for women and youth worth Rs 26 million to Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at the Health Ministry premises in Colombo, the Japanese Embassy said.

This emergency response was implemented under the partnership with UNFPA as part of the ‘Project for the Improvement of Access to Information and Services of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-based Violence for Women and Young People (PROMISES)’. Kunle Adeniyi, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka was also present.

The essential commodities and pharmaceuticals for reproductive health (Oxytocin, Misoprostol and Magnesium Sulphate) for pregnant women will be distributed across the nation to address the shortage of essential medications for the well-being of 215,000 pregnant women and adolescent girls, the Embassy said.

 Mizukoshi speaking at the event said, “I am glad that our support through this project implemented by UNFPA will be utilized for the wellbeing of youth and women in this country. Japan would like to continue to support the people of Sri Lanka in different areas of cooperation and stay side-by-side during this challenging time in order to further strengthen the friendship between Sri Lanka and Japan.”

 ‘PROMISES’, launched in April 2019, under the framework of ‘G7 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Partnership Initiative’ for which Japan chose Sri Lanka as a partner country, and has so far extended assistance of approximately US dollars six million.