Phnom Penh: The Government of Japan has pledged a total of $197,785 to enhance healthcare and rehabilitation services in Cambodia through two significant projects under the "KUSANONE" Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects. The grant contracts were officially signed by H.E. Mr. UENO Atsushi, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia, and representatives from the beneficiary organizations.
The first project, receiving $71,137, aims to upgrade the Physical Rehabilitation Center in Siem Reap Province with new machinery for prosthesis production and physiotherapy equipment. This initiative addresses the urgent need for modern rehabilitation tools at the center, which has struggled with outdated equipment and limited services, causing extended waits for patients. Approximately 950 patients annually are expected to benefit from the enhanced facilities and services.
The second project, with a grant of $126,648, will fund the construction of a new hospital building at Rovieng Health Center in Preah Vihear Province. The new facility will include 13 rooms and 4 toilets, replacing the main building constructed in the 1960s that now suffers from structural issues posing safety risks to patients and staff. This upgrade is anticipated to improve healthcare access and safety for around 8,400 annual visitors to the center.
Since its inception in Cambodia in 1991, Japan's "KUSANONE" projects have aimed to support the country's grassroots-level reconstruction and development. Focused on protecting vulnerable populations and promoting community self-reliance, Japan has contributed over $69 million to fund 689 projects across Cambodia, benefiting local authorities and non-governmental organizations.