Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid to Iraq for the Project for Provision of Emergency Medical Supplies to Al Samawaha General Hospital

March 19, 2004

  1. On March 19 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend a grassroots human security grant aid of $778,083 to Iraq for the project for Provision of Emergency Medical Supplies to Al Samawaha General Hospital.

  2. The Gulf War in 1991, and the postwar economic sanctions, and the recent conflict in Iraq, have severely lowered the medical standards in Iraq, rendering many of Iraqi medical institutions unable to provide accurate diagnosis and adequate treatment. Health care indices such as maternal and infant mortality rates and tuberculosis incidence have severely worsened within the past 10 years or so, and the figures remain high compared with those in neighboring and other Middle Eastern countries.

    The shortage of medical and other related equipment is hindering the provision of adequate medical services. The shortage of consumable supplies, in particular, is serious and urgently needs to be tackled.

    Against this background, the Al Samawaha General Hospital, which improved its equipment in the 1980s with Japanese aid and has played a major role as a core facility in health care services in Al-Muthanna, formulated the project for Provision of Emergency Medical Supplies to Al Samawaha General Hospital and has requested from the Government of Japan the funds necessary to purchase consumable goods including injection syringes, X-ray films and intravenous kits.

  3. This project is expected to restart the medical activities of the Al Samawaha General Hospital and lead to improving the quality of health care services for about 200,000 residents in Al Samawaha and neighboring cities and the people of Al-Muthanna as a whole, who, with the medical system in ruins from the conflict, do not have adequate services. As the hospital acts as a base of support activities conducted by the Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) medical team dispatched to Iraq, it is hoped that the team will provide more efficient health care services for the Iraqis and play a more significant role in the reconstruction of Iraq.
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