The Government of Japan has committed a grant of
Seventeen Million One Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand One Hundred
Forty-Eight Japanese Yen (JPY 17,186,148), (approximately USD 159,131
equivalent to MVR 2,453,800) for “The project for provision of
reconditioned ambulances to local islands in the Maldives” under Japan’s
Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme.
The Grant Contract was signed by Her Excellency Mrs.
TAKEUCHI Midori, Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives, and His Excellency
Dr. Shah Abdullah Mahir, Minister of State for Health at a ceremony
held today at the Ministry of Health.
Under the terms of the Grant Contact, the project funds
for the provision of 8 reconditioned ambulances (TOYOTA) with 8 sets of
12 medical equipment such as ALS bag, oxygen cylinder, bag valve mask,
spinal board. The Ministry will allocate 2 ambulances to National
Ambulance Services in Hulhumalé and each to 6 local islands. This
assistance will complement the efforts of the Government of Maldives to
strengthen the response of health system in emergencies.
In October 2019, the Government of Japan handed over 21
land ambulances in value of USD 1.4 million to the Ministry of Health
to be allocated to 21 islands across 15 atolls. These ambulances were
donated as part of the grant of 300 million Japanese Yen (equivalent to
USD 2.8 million) committed for the Health Sector of the Maldives, in
line with the Exchange of Notes signed by the Government of Japan and
Government of Maldives in June 2018, under “The Economic and Social
The GGP is part of the Japanese Official Development
Assistance (ODA) implemented by the Embassy of Japan in Maldives in
order to empower people at the grassroots level. Since 1996, the GGP has
been implemented in broad areas such as education, environment, health,
transportation and energy with a view to contributing to sustainable
development of the Maldives.