JICA Flags off its First Extensive Program in India to Support Urban Healthcare in 17 Cities
Chennai, July 28, 2017: JICA today flagged off the major expansion of its Urban Healthcare Project in 17 Cities of Tamil Nadu, which include Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Tirunelveli, Erode, Vellore, Tiruppur, Thoothukudi, Nagercoil, Thanjavur, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Krishnagiri and Periyakulam. The objective of the Project is to improve the quality of healthcare services in urban areas IMG_1543 (3)through strengthening the capacity of key hospitals with the upgradation of facilities and equipment in all these cities. In addition, the Project aims to strengthen the capacity of human resources with the focus on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), thereby improving the health of people in Tamil Nadu.
The Project envisages to create models to showcase innovative healthcare facilities and systems to strengthen human resource.
The ceremony was organized by the Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) and was attended by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami along with Dr. C. Vijayabaskar, Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government; Dr. J. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Senior State Officials; Mr. Seiji Baba, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai and Mr. Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA India Office.
2nd from Left: Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government; Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami; Dr. C. Vijayabaskar, Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Mr. Seiji Baba, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai and Mr. Toru Uemachi, Senior Representative, JICA India Office at the unveiling of plaque of Tamil Nadu Urban Healthcare Project
“Through this project assistance, JICA will play an instrumental role in providing better access to innovative healthcare services in urban areas and promote a healthy lifestyle in the state of Tamil Nadu. In parallel, JICA has had a series of discussions with the GoTN on the possibility of technical cooperation closely connected to the Project. Using several assistance modalities effectively, JICA renders its continuous support and engagement by improving the quality of healthcare services in urban areas, and JICA is also achieving the targets envisioned in line with state’s health plan “Vision Tamil Nadu 2023” which is to provide universal access to public health services. Thus, the substantive improvement will provide appropriate treatment to critical issues in addition to Maternal and Child Health (MCH), NCDs, and Communicable Diseases at all levels of the health system. ” said, Mr. Toru Uemachi.
JICA had signed the Loan Agreement of 25,537 millionJapanese Yen (approximately INR 1,500 crore) for Urban Healthcare Project inTamil Nadu with the Government of India on March 31, 2016. JICA’s OfficialDevelopment Assistance (ODA) loan's conditions are very concessional, i.e. 0.3%interest rate with 30 years of repayment period (including 10 years of graceperiod).
Tamil Nadu is the 7th most populous state in India with halfof its population living in urban areas. Public services in urban areas coverpopulation, including urban poor, vulnerable and socially excluded, and peoplefrom semi-rural and rural areas. Referral hospitals cater to this vulnerablepopulation who has limitation in accessing private healthcare services. Inaddition to MCH and Communicable Diseases, NCD burden is increasing. Furthermore,along with urbanization, Tamil Nadu has 1.4 million slum households which are3rd highest in India. JICA-assisted Urban Healthcare Project is poised to caterto the growing demands of urban healthcare with world class facilities and hasenhanced capacity to deal with the growing population in the state of TamilNadu. JICA has assisted through grant aid assistance the construction of a newOPD building of the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children (ICH),which is also contributing immensely to the healthcare sector in Tamil Nadu,ever since it became operational from January 2017.
JICA has extended 438,780 million (approximately INR 26,000crores) Japanese Yen through ODA loans since 1981 for comprehensive developmentefforts of Tamil Nadu state. The initiatives facilitated through the ODA loansinclude the Chennai Metro, Tamil Nadu Investment Promotion Program to expeditedomestic and foreign investments, power transmission system enhancement acrossthe states, provision for safe water supply and sewerage facilities across thestates, water supply enhancement and fluorosis mitigation in Dharmapuri andKrishnagiri districts, enhancement of Chennai port operations, and biodiversityconservation and greening across the states, among others.