July 24, 2012
On Tuesday 24th July, 2012, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) handed over a new storage facility to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) to improve storage for the project; "The Studies of Anti-Viral and Anti-Parasitic Compounds from Selected Ghanaian Medical Plants (SATREPS: Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustaibable Development)".
The project which commenced in 2010 for five (5) years aims to improve Research and Development capacity of Ghanaian research institutions through collaborative research activities with Japanese research institutes on Ghanaian medicinal plants, from which anti-viral and anti-parasitic compounds are derived.
JICA is implementing the project by dispatching experts from Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Nagasaki International University in collaboration with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, Mampong as Ghanaian counterparts. The construction of the facility was jointly implemented by NMIMR and JICA to ease the storage shortage at NMIMR. The storage facility will be used to store the reagents and consumables used for the project during its timeline.
The relationship between the Institute and JICA goes back to 1969 when Japanese Experts, Prof. Kenji Honda and his team members were dispatched to the University of Ghana, Legon and started collaboration with Ghanaian scientists. Since then, JICA has been cooperating with the University of Ghana and the Institute, in various fields through technical cooperation projects in eight phases. Mr. Jiro Inamura, Chief Representative, JICA Ghana congratulated the NMIMR for its remarkable efforts, achievements and commitment towards the improvement of health conditions not only in Ghana but also in the West African Sub-Region. He mentioned that JICA would continue to support NMIMR in various ways. And He further mentioned that JICA would provide support to Ghana for human resource development, capacity building, Policy and Institutional improvement, thereby pursuing sustained poverty reduction through equitable growth.
Prof. Alexander Nyarko, Director, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in his address expressed his gratitude to JICA and the government of Japan for the continued support for the Noguchi Memorial Institute. He hopes the facility will be effectively and efficiently utilized by the Institute.
Prof. Shoji Yamaoka, Chief Advisor for the project thanked Mr. Jiro Inamura, Prof. Alexander Nyarko and all who contributed toward the construction of the facility. He expressed that the storage facility would facilitate the progress of the SATREPS project.