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Making a difference at the grass roots. Japan.

Type
Published Article
Journal
Joicfp News
Publication Date
Issue
269
Pages
2–2
Identifiers
PMID: 12291739
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Unknown

Abstract

This article briefly describes JOICFP projects in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Tanzania, Guatemala, and Vietnam that received funding from the Japanese Postal Savings for International Voluntary Aid program (POSIVA). POSIVA gather donations from the public to support the work of Japanese nongovernmental groups in developing countries. In Bangladesh, support was given to the Integrated Family Development Project in 1995. This project empowered women by establishing women's centers in 48 villages and promoting health, education, and economic activities. In China, POSIVA funds supported the Integrated Program at Taicang Family Planning Center. The Taicang center provides reproductive health and family planning services, parasite control services, and adolescent health education promotion. Funds are used to support the center's general services, to supply medical equipment, and to support IEC and nutrition activities. In Ghana, funds were used to construct a clinic for four villages, build toilets, and support women's income generation and health education activities. In Tanzania, funds supported integrated programs that aimed to develop human resources at the local level and to raise quality of care. In Guatemala, POSIVA supported programs for improving the health of indigenous people. Funds were used to provide health education in the junior high schools and skill training and income generation activities. In Vietnam, funding went to promoting community-based reproductive health services and to raising quality of care.

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