February 10, 2014
On February 7, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of India to provide grant aid of up to 1,495 million yen for assistance for the Project for Improvement of the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, Chennai.
The project will construct a new outpatient department (OPD) building and provide medical equipment to the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, Chennai (ICH). While Millennium Development Goals health indicators such as the Infant Mortality Rate and the Under Five Mortality Rate have shown significant improvement in India, those rates remain the worst in South Asia region and further effort is required to achieve its target by 2015. This project is envisaged to contribute to the quality improvement of health care services, especially for the children in low-income groups and medical education of ICH as a top referral hospital in southern India.
ICH provides specialized medical services without charge that no other top referral public hospitals in southern India offer. ICH embraces sick children not only from Tamil Nadu but also neighboring states in southern India. As ICH, an affiliated hospital for Madras Medical College, serves as the top level medical educational institute, the project also aims to enhance the educational function of ICH.
Currently, ICH’s clinical functions are dispersed in different buildings and overcrowded space is not suitable to provide quality care for ever-growing numbers of patients and to offer learning opportunity for medical personnel. Under this circumstance, the Government of India requested the Government of Japan to extend assistance to develop a new OPD building.
The project plans a “user-friendly” new OPD building that will minimize the movement of patients and medical personnel and reinforce life-saving functions through improved emergency department and provision of updated specialized equipment, thereby contributing to the quality improvement of health care services, and medical education of ICH.
India’s economic and social development shall be further enhanced by improvement of people’s health. JICA will continue to support India’s initiatives to improve health status of its population.