Japan to support NGOs active in social development

TEHRAN – Japan has signed five memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work specifically in the social development sector.

Known as GGP (Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects), it provides flexible and timely support to small-scale development projects, which aim to improve the social well-being of people at the local level.

Japanese Ambassador to Iran Aikawa Kazutoshi said GGP has been initiated in Iran since 1999 and has carried out 150 projects in various fields including expansion of primary education, primary health care, well -being public and rural development throughout the country.

Within the framework of the MoUs, Afghan refugees and vulnerable people in the province of Khorasan Razavi will be supported in cooperation with Relief International. The project supports around 15,600 people annually, mostly Afghan refugees, IRNA reported.

Another is a project that covers 100 female-headed households each year, which donates equipment to the technical and vocational center for Iranian women and vulnerable Afghan refugees in Alborz province.

Referring to the rest of the projects focusing on medical issues and treatment, he announced that the donation of mammography equipment for underprivileged women in Semnan province will help in the early diagnosis of cancer.

The Japanese official further mentioned the donation of an ambulance to transport pediatric patients and the donation of medical equipment to needy patients with acute kidney failure in Tehran province, mentioning two other projects based on the protocols of agreement above.

The signing ceremony was held at the Japanese Embassy in Tehran on Monday.


Joel C. Hicks