JAPAN ASSISTS VANUATU MALARIA CONTROL PROGRAM

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SUVA, Fiji (March 30, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The government of Japan has donated $US 35,467 to assist the Vanuatu Department of Health's Efate Malaria Control Project.

The check was presented last Wednesday to Vanuatu's Director of Health, Johnson Wabaiat, by Japan's Suva, Fiji-based Ambassador to Vanuatu, Jiro Kobayashi.

The grant, provided under Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects Program, will be used to purchase 6,000 mosquito nets and 144 liters of Permethrin, which will be used to impregnate the nets.

The mosquito nets will be distributed to the public on Efate Island.

Speaking at the award ceremony in Suva, Ambassador Kobayashi said Japan's assistance supports the Vanuatu government's determined efforts to control malaria and other vector borne diseases in the Melanesian country and is an example of the importance Japan places on its friendship with Vanuatu.

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