JAPAN UPGRADES SAMOA HOSPITAL

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$108,000 project a boon in Lufilufi District

By Jasmine Netzler-Iose APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Aug. 12, 2011) – Residents of East Upolu – from Anoama’a to Fagaloa – now have a much better health facility thanks to the new and improved Lufilufi District Hospital in Samoa.

[PIR editor's note: Lufilufi is a village in Upolu, the traditional center of the Atua district and place of the Tui Atua title.]

The project funded by the Japanese government will be handed to the constituency and the National Health Services (NHS), today.

Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa, Hideto Mitamura will deliver the $250,000 (USD$108,001) project.

A media statement from the Japanese Embassy said a request was made for assistance from Japan as the old hospital was deteriorating.

Improving the national standard of health is one of the priorities in the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2008- 2012. Japan continues to support Samoa in promoting its goals in the SDS.

Ambassador Mitamura expressed his determination to further the friendly relations between Samoa and Japan.

Japan has 123 projects under the grant assistance for grass-roots human security projects.

These include primary schools, upgrading health and medical facilities and developing water supply systems.

The Government of Japan has undertaken many Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects to meet the diverse needs of the socio-economic development of Samoa since the 1970’s.

As of 31 March 2010, Japan’s ODA to Samoa cumulatively amounts to 41.3 billion yen (approximately 1.2 billion tala [USD$518.4 million]) of which about 60 per cent is grant aid, about 30 per cent is technical assistance and around 10 per cent is concessional loan.

Japan's major recent ODA to Samoa by category: Completed Grant Aid Projects includes;

Ongoing Projects:

As of 31 March 2009 Japan has, cumulatively dispatched 137 experts, 524 volunteers and 362 study team members to Samoa, accepted 890 participants from Samoa to various technical training courses and provided equipments amount to more than 845 million yen (USD$11 million).

Completed Projects (as from 2004 of completion year):

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