MINSK, 11 November (BelTA) – Belarus and Japan signed three grant contracts on the delivery of medical equipment to the tune of over $226,000 on 6 November as part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Program, BelTA has learned.
During the signing ceremony Director of the Humanitarian Activities Department of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate Valery Skakun thanked the Japanese side for implementing socially important humanitarian projects in Belarus. “Despite the geographical distance our countries have established long-term warm and friendly relations in economic affairs, in the area of culture and sport, in overcoming consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, in healthcare and education,” he said. “The Grassroots program has become the foundation for tight relations in humanitarian affairs. For 15 years the program has been helping provide Belarusian healthcare institutions with modern medical equipment.”
In line with the grant contracts the Gomel Oblast pregnancy healthcare center Marriage and Family will be able to buy a colposcope worth nearly $79,000 while the Grodno Oblast Clinical Hospital for Infections will buy an ultrasound scanner worth $79,500. The Grodno City Emergency Medical Care Clinical Hospital will buy an ultrasound scanner and a bronchoscope for $67,900.
In turn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Belarus Hiroki Tokunaga noted that the embassy has been implementing the Grassroots program in Belarus since 2004. The program provides for providing assistance to people affected by the Chernobyl disaster. So far 48 grant contracts worth $3.8 million have been implemented, with necessary medical equipment bought for over 200 healthcare institutions in all parts of Belarus.
Taking into account the contracts signed on 6 November, a total of 51 projects worth over $4 million will be implemented in Belarus.