May 3, 2018
Chennai, May 3, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Health and Family Welfare (H&FW), Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) organised a seminar today to celebrate the first year anniversary of the new Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children (ICH) in Chennai. ICH is a public tertiary-care hospital that provides services without charge and caters to the children from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. ICH is a part of Madras Medical College, and its new OPD building was constructed through JICA grant assistance utilising effectively Japan's technology.
The objective of the seminar was to share knowledge and experience of implementing healthcare programs in Japan and India.
Officials from JICA, Consulate General of Japan in Chennai and H&FW, GoTN lit a lamp to mark the completion of one year of the OPD. Dr. C. Vijayabaskar, Honourable Minister for H&FW GoTN, Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama, Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai and Mr. Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA India Office, delivered their inaugural addresses at the seminar. Dr. Indumathi Santhanam, Head of Emergency Care Unit, ICH, made a presentation on "Action plan to reduce mortality among children with fever - Implementation of simulation techniques in JICA-OPD/Emergency Block". Professor Atsuo Kakehi, Kogakuin University, delivered a presentation on "Planning and Design of Healthcare Facilities". Ms. Junko Yamada Senior JICA consultant in Health shared Japan's experience in Health Referral System.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Uemachi said "JICA has been proud to proactively and comprehensively support healthcare initiatives in Tamil Nadu. Since the OPD opened, everyday around 10,000 patients visit the OPD. JICA is also devoting enormous efforts with already existing Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan project, which is Tamil Nadu Urban Health Project (TNUHP) to scale-up access to the quality healthcare for all in a very close collaboration with H&FW, GoTN. We give full weight to quality infrastructure and concept & behaviour change through JICA's cooperation. ICH OPD is the model of high quality infrastructure with the cooperation of Japanese companies such as Yokogawa, Yamashita, Fujita, Binko and Sirius. Our goal is not only in the form of state-of-the-art infrastructure but also in the form of behavioural change, concept of hospital management and enhancing capacity of medical personnel through JICA's comprehensive cooperation. JICA is delighted that the project intends to deliver equal healthcare benefits to all, especially to the underprivileged, who have been bereft of such services. Currently, JICA's TNUHP has been on going. This project aims to improve the healthcare of the population living in the urban areas of Tamil Nadu, particularly, focus on prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases. We do hope that TNUHP shall be implemented effectively based on the quality outcome that ICH had achieved and we do believe that Tamil Nadu state is going to be a shining model of healthcare infrastructure in India.'
A senior official of H&FW, GoTN made a presentation on the current challenges faced by the health sector in Tamil Nadu and policy actions needed to improve the situation.
The seminar saw active participation not only from the H&FW, GoTN but also from the Japanese private sector that showed keenness to improve the public healthcare system in Tamil Nadu.
The seminar focussed on JICA's contribution to the health sector, which has helped uplift people's living standards and life-expectancy.
JICA signed an agreement with the Government of India in February 2014 to provide grant-aid of up to 1,495 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 90 crore) to improve ICH. Subsequently, in March 2016, a loan agreement of TNUHP was signed (approximately INR 1,400 crore). Both grant and loan assistance will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals 3, which includes improving neonatal and child healthcare, particularly among vulnerable communities.
JICA has extended 476,862 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 30,000 crore) in ODA loans since 1981 for all-round development in Tamil Nadu. The initiatives facilitated by the ODA loans include TNUHP, the Chennai Metro, Tamil Nadu investment promotion program to expedite domestic and foreign investments, power transmission system enhancement across Tamil Nadu, provision of safe water supply and sewerage facilities in the state, water supply enhancement and fluorosis mitigation in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, enhancement of Chennai port operations, and biodiversity conservation and greening across Tamil Nadu, among others.
L-R - Dr. Edwin Joe, Director of Medical Education, H&FW, GoTN; Dr. J. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Principal Secretary to GoTN witnessing the lighting of lamp by Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama, Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai; Dr. C. Vijayabaskar, Hon'ble Minister, H&FW, GoTN and Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA India along with Ms. Uma Maheswari, IAS, Project Director, Tamil Nadu Urban Health Care Project and Ms. Aditi Puri, Lead Development Specialist, JICA India.
Established by a specific law as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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