Five Moldovan hospitals – the Republic’s Hospital, the Institute of Emergency Medicine, the Mother and Child Institute, the Cancer Institute, and the Saint Trinity Hospital – will be provided with equipment for medical imaging and dialysis thanks to a non-reimbursable assistance of $7.2 million from Japan.
“We hope that this equipment will be used by the health care institutions in the country to the benefit of the Moldovan people and the Ukrainians living in Moldova”, stated Yoshihiro Katayama, Japan’s Ambassador to Moldova, during the signing ceremony for a bilateral agreement enabling the assistance.
According to the ambassador, in March, a team of doctors and emergency aid experts from Japan arrived in Moldova to assess the needs of health care institutions to increase their resilience in the face of the humanitarian crisis. Based on their findings, Japan decided to provide a grant to equip five hospitals with imaging and dialysis devices, with the purpose of improving the quality of health care services.
Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu stated the by signing the agreement, the Japanese people contributed to the consolidation of yet another sector with pressing needs, the health care sector. The official said that although Japan and Moldova are quite some distance apart geographically, our countries “share the same values of democracy and freedom”.
Over the past few years, Japan has funded several projects to improve living standards and promote sustainable economic development in Moldova. This includes the Agricultural Technique and Equipment Modernization Project, the Economic and Social Development Program, and the Kusanone Human Security Grant Program.