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JICA signs US$9 million grant for prevention of infectious diseases in Afghanistan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a grant agreement with the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) of up to ¥1 billion (US$9 million) to support the prevention of infectious diseases in Afghanistan.

The grant will be used for the procurement of vaccines, polio vaccination campaigns, and community education programs. 

Press release - JICA 

Japan Global health

JICA provides technical support to Myanmar in control of foot and mouth disease

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a record of discussions with Myanmar on a technical cooperation project for controlling foot and mouth disease. The support will include strengthening the production of necessary vaccines, promoting accurate diagnosis and the conducting of epidemiological surveys. 

Press release - JICA

Japan Global health

JICA extends US$22 million grant with Nigeria for rehabilitation of power substations

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a ¥2.3 billion (US$22 million) agreement with Nigeria for rehabilitating a power substation in Lagos, the country's largest city. The rehabilitation will serve to stabilize the power supply in Lagos and reduce the frequency of power outages. 

Press release - JICA

Japan

Japan provides WFP with US$5 million for nutrition program in Ghana

The Japanese government has made a contribution of US$5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Ghana, which will help the organization expand a nutritional program addressing undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity. 

The program helps women have access to nutritious food by offering them electronic commodity vouchers and providing children with supplements.

News article - Reliefweb 

Japan Nutrition

Japanese pharmaceutical company launches global health foundation for improving access to health care

Astellas Pharma Inc., a Japanese pharmaceutical company, has launched a philanthropic entity, Astellas Global Health Foundation, dedicated to global health. 

The foundation will focus on neglected tropical and communicable diseases, children's health, and mental health in low-income and low-and-middle-income countries. It will achieve this by funding projects that reinforce health infrastructure and improve the availability and accessibility of health services. 

News article - Astellas 

Japan Global health

November 16, 2018: Australia and Japan to cooperate in supporting infrastructure financing in the Indo-Pacific

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced that Australia and Japan will cooperate under a Memorandum of Understanding  to support bilateral infrastructure financing in the Indo-Pacific region. This will provide a framework to work together on projects  supporting economic development and regional connectivity.

The Indo-Pacific region refers to 39 countries in the Pacific, South-East and East Asia, South and West Asia, and the African East Coast.

Media Release - DFAT

Australia Japan

AMR Alliance Japan launched

The Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), together with eight medical academic societies, government representatives, a Japanese civil society organization, and a number of pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies, have launched a domestic alliance to tackle the challenge of anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

The alliance, AMR Alliance Japan, will gather stakeholders from academia, government, the private sector, and civil society. It is tasked with progressing a number of domestic initiatives aimed at controlling AMR. 

Press release - HGPI

JICA gives US$10 million grant to FAO for irrigation infrastructure in Afghanistan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a grant agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of up to ¥1.1 billion (USD$10 million) dedicated to Afghanistan. The grant amount will be used for the rehabilitation and expansion of irrigation facilities in three Afghan provinces, including that of Kabul. It will also be used for the capacity development of government officials and farmers. 

Press release - JICA

Japan Agriculture

Public and private sectors come together to launch Japan Alliance on Global NTDs

The Nagasaki University and other Japanese academic institutions are launching a new, global, multi-stakeholder alliance to collect best practices and share current research on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The Japan Alliance on Global NTDs (JAGntd) consists of organizations and individuals working towards global efforts of eradication, elimination, and control of NTDs. It will also promote Japan’s contributions to fighting NTDs.

Press release - JAGntd (in Japanese)