On August 27, the 2021, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tajikistan Takayuki Miyashita together with the Chairperson of Darvoz District in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) Saidburhon Abdurahmonzoda, and the Head of the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan Kishwar Abdulalishoyev attended a handover ceremony to commemorate the successful completion of “The Project for Construction of Health Care Center in Kulumbai Bolo Village, Saghirdasht Jamoat, Darvoz District”.

Japan’s Embassy in Dushanbe says the project was implemented within the framework of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).  The Government of Japan provided the total grant amount of USD 44,833 to Aga Khan Foundation Tajikistan to construct Health Care Center, storage and two toilets and provide medical equipment.

Prior to the project implementation, there were no medical institutions in Kulumbai Bolo village, so the local residents had to go to the center of the district, which is 50 kilometers far from the village, to receive medical services and it hurt the people financially and physically.  Furthermore, in winter season the village is totally isolated because of the heavy snow and the population had no access to medical services.

With successful implementation of the project a new building of Health Care Center with five rooms was constructed and the necessary equipment was installed, and now around 500 people of Kulumbai Bolo village have got access to improved medical services.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Miyashita made the following remarks, “It is my great pleasure to handover this only-one and brand-new health care center in the village.  This new facility and a lot of high-quality equipment provided by this project will definitely contribute to the accurate diagnosis and proper treatment for the patients.  Now, the residents need not go to the center of the District, far away from here, when they do not feel well or got sick.  This will be a very important foundation for a long, healthy and happy life of the people.  I really hope the facility and the equipment will be maintained properly and be used for many years.  Hopefully the residents of the next generation will get also benefit from this Center.

The handover ceremony was also attended by the staff of Health Care Center of Kulumbai Bolo village and representatives of local government of Darvoz district.

The attendees in turn extended their words of gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for their support.

The Government of Japan is dedicated to continuing its support for creating a better society for all people and committed to working together with the people of Tajikistan.

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) is a scheme within Japan’s Official Development Assistance.  GGP in particular implements grassroots-level projects in various sectors throughout Tajikistan.  Recipients of GGP grants include local governments, educational and medical institutions, and NGOs.  As of today, GGP has supported 424 projects in Tajikistan, for which US$34.3 million has been allocated since 1996.