On May 3 (local time), in the presence of Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was visiting Lima, Peru, new medical equipment such as delivery tables, incubators and anesthesia tables with ventilators, totaling 48 million Japanese yen, was provided to the Japan-Peru Friendship Hospital. This is a part of the events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Peru. The hospital was built in Lima in 2001 with Japanese grant aid.
Japan has been supporting the improvement of basic social services in Peru, including in the area of health, while adhering to the principles of human security. The Japan-Peru Friendship Hospital is an obstetrics wing built with Japanese assistance on the premises of the Peruvian Maternal and Child Hospital, which plays an important role as one of Peru's top maternal and child hospitals. It is highly regarded for its contribution to maternal and child health services in Peru, such as improving the quality of care for pregnant women and infants and reducing mortality and morbidity rates.
After the completion of the ward, Japan has continued to cooperate with the JapanPeru Friendship Hospital in the area of human resource development, with a total of 14 hospital staff members participating in training by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The hospitals to which the equipment was provided expressed their gratitude for support and cooperation extended by Japan to date, including the equipment provided this time, as they have contributed to the improvement of living environments of the residents.