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December 21, 2012

JICA agrees to invest in health and communications

PhotoMr. Takatoshi Nishikata, Chief Representative of JICA exchanging grant agreement with Mr. Afzal Latif, Joint Secretary, EAD

Islamabad, 21 December, 2012: The Government of Japan, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed on implementation of two projects i.e. “The Project for Improvement of Child Health Institute in Karachi” and “Rehabilitation of Medium Wave Radio Broadcasting Network”. The signing ceremony to this effect was held today in Islamabad.

Sindh Government Children Hospital receives pediatric patients from all over the northern Karachi city, whose population is approximately 4.14 million and that of children under 12 (the beneficiary group of the project), is approximately 1.77 million. However, the existing setup of this hospital can provide limited medical services due to lack of facilities and equipment. Patients that require specialized pediatric medical treatment are referred to the tertiary medical facilities which are already overburdened.

In order to strengthen the existing hospital, "The Project for Improvement of Child Health Institute in Karachi" intends to extend facilities and provide necessary equipment for the purpose of adding the secondary medical functions. The rehabilitation of the Institute will result in the provision of better health amenities for children of the area and will have a better impact on the community.

Radio broadcasting is a major source of information, particularly in remote areas. In case of disasters and crises, radio broadcasting is instrumental to inform people of situations on the ground and emergency support such as food and shelters. Radio services are equally beneficial in peace times for providing information on education, health and many other social and economic issues. Due to 36 years old transmitters, Radio Pakistan Islamabad has been facing reduced area coverage and shorter broadcasting hours, hence, capacity of their current service is limited.

The project for "Rehabilitation of Medium Wave Radio Broadcasting Network" will support Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Pakistan Islamabad to replace old medium wave transmitters in Faqirabad with a high powered dual mode transmitter and renovate a master control room and five studios of National Broadcasting House.

With this rehabilitation, the project aims to reach out to approximately 64 million people mainly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Gilgit Baltistan. The new setup will increase the existing coverage of Radio Pakistan by 77 percent.

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