The Project for Upgrading of Bodufolhudhoo Health Center in Bodufolhudhoo Island, Alifu Alifu Atoll

     Malé, March 15, 2021 - The Grant Contract for “The Project for Upgrading of Bodufolhudhoo Health Center in Bodufolhudhoo Island, Alifu Alifu Atoll” under the Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme was signed by Her Excellency Keiko Yanai, Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives and Mr. Adam Riyaz, President of Association for Awareness, Recreation and Unity (AARU) at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health today.
     Under the terms of the grant contract, the Government of Japan committed a grant of Twelve Million Eight Hundred Eighty-Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Japanese Yen (JPY 12,889,800), (approximately USD 117,180 which is equivalent to MVR 1,806,915) for the provision of 31 medical equipment for laboratory and obstetric procedures, 3 beds for in-house patients, and for construction of a labour room and a laboratory in Bodufolhudhoo Health Center.
     With the implementation of the project, the Health Center will be able to provide comprehensive primary care as well as services related to maternity, infant care and laboratory for the people in Bodufolhudhoo and nearby islands. The project will be implemented by AARU, the first community based NGO established in the Bodufolhudhoo with the support of the Bodufolhudhoo Island Council and the Ministry of Health. This project aims to complement the on-going efforts of the Government of Maldives to improve the health services across the country. It will also empower the local NGO’s in sustaining community development.
     The GGP is part of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) implemented by the Embassy of Japan in Maldives in order to empower people at the grassroots level. Since 1996, the GGP has been implemented in broad areas such as education, environment, health, transportation and energy in order to contribute to sustainable development of the Maldives.