Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Contributes 684,006U.S. Dollars to Village Midwives In-Service Training in Sudan
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The signing ceremony of the official agreement by UNICEF Representative Cappelaere and JICA Chief Representative, Hiroyuki Mori
Sudan /Khartoum, 30 January 2013 – In January 2013 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed to contribute additional six hundred eighty four thousand and six, (684,006) U.S. Dollars (‘the Contribution’) to strengthen partnership with UNICEF to continue with the implementation of the Village Midwives In-Service Training in Sudan Programme.
The purpose of the extension of program is to provide the In-service Training to 1,953 village midwives in the 12 States other than Sinnar and Kassala to enhance their capacity. The training is jointly conducted by GOS with UNICEF Sudan as a partner of JICA.
"This joint project will help to provide the much needed skills and competencies to enable community based midwifes to perform lifesaving functions for mothers and new born during childbirth and the first days of lifeUNICEF’s Representative, Geert Cappelaere, said: “This very generous contribution by the Japan Government will have a real impact on saving lives of mothers and their children”
“Every year in Sudan about 3000 mothers die during pregnancy, child birth and immediately after birth while 47,000 new born children die within the first 28 days of birth. This joint project will help to provide the much needed skills and competencies to enable community based midwifes to perform lifesaving functions for mothers and new born during childbirth and the first days of life.”
JICA has successfully implemented “the Project on Human Resources Development for Darfur States and Three Protocol Areas” (D3PA) since June 2009 and “Frontline Maternal and Child Health Empower Project Phase II: Mother Nile Project II” (MNPII) since September 2011.
JICA Chief Representative to Sudan, Hiroyuki Mori, said “We are very glad to work together with UNICEF to improve mother and child health in Sudan. It is strategically important for us to collaborate with UNICEF which has good experience and wider expertise with strong capacity to implement this training in all over the country.
The Contribution will be valid for 10 months commencing on the date of signing and expiring on 30 November 2013.
The official agreement will be signed today Thursday 31 January 2013 by UNICEF Representative Cappelaere and JICA Chief Representative, Hiroyuki Mori.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was founded in 1974, as one of government agency of the Government of Japan, responsible for implementing technical cooperation programs of Japan’s Official Development Assistants, JICA assist and supports developing countries in over 150 countries.