January 7, 2015
Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki with Japan departing trainees.
Islamabad, January 7, 2015: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched 11 member group for "Community-based Health Operation and Management Course" to Japan. For this 18 days course, a sendoff ceremony was organized today in a local hotel at Islamabad.
Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, the Chief of JICA while speaking to the trainees said "Community-based health education is crucial part of community health. Without community's awareness and basic health practice such as sanitation, child immunization and antenatal care, we can never eradicate polio from Pakistan nor improve child nor maternal mortality or morbidity".
While concluding his remarks, Mr. Kawasaki said "I strongly hope you will return to Pakistan with a firm commitment to make a difference in community health services. Also, I hope you make lifelong friends during your visit in Japan".
This Training Programme for Young Leaders of Pakistan is initiated by the Government of Japan under technical cooperation scheme for Pakistan. The course has been designed essentially for young health educational professionals of the provincial and federal government in Pakistan. It is expected to enhance and polish the capabilities of the participants in the field of health through the Japanese experience.
The Training Programme for Young Leaders was started by JICA in 1991 and till date around of 500 government officials of various ministries and departments of the Government of Pakistan have been sent to Japan for training in various fields of technical and management positions.