Co-operation for unlimited period

Japan to continue humanitarian co-operation with Belarus — as Charge d’Affaires of Japan to Belarus, Shigehiro Mimori, notes at ceremony to sign contract allocating grant to Vitebsk Regional Endocrinology Centre

By Olga Bogachevskaya

The $85,500 grant is being allocated as part of a grant assistance programme by the Government of Japan, for the purchase of an ‘Aloka’ ultrasound system designed to diagnose endocrine pathologies.

Shigehiro Mimori noted that, after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Government of Japan, the Japanese Red Cross Society and non-governmental organisations stepped in to provide assistance to those affected by the nuclear disaster. The grant assistance programme of the Government of Japan was launched in Belarus in 2004; the project to deliver medical equipment will be the 25th in a row but is the first of its kind in the Vitebsk Region. A total of $2.2m in grants has been allocated to finance similar projects at medical institutions in the Gomel, Mogilev, Brest and Vitebsk regions. “The Government of Japan will continue co-operation with Belarus in the field of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the nuclear catastrophe,” the diplomat asserted.

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