Japanese aid for improvement of diabetic medical service provision for urban poor
The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial assistance of US$ 43,592 (equivalent to approximately Rs 3,718,397.6) to the Nepal Diabetes Society in the Kathmandu District.
This financial assistance is extended under the Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme of the Government of Japan in Japan's Fiscal Year 2012. Nepal Diabetes Society will implement the Project for the Improvement of the Diabetic Medical Service Provision for the Urban Poor, according to a statement issued by the Embassy of Japan on Thursday.
The grant contract relating to this project was signed and exchanged today between Kunio Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Rajani Nath Pyakurel, Acting President of Nepal Diabetes Society.
Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder and a common chronic disease in many countries. In Nepal, it is said that more than 400,000 people suffer from this disease and the number of patients is increasing gradually, according to the statement.
Diabetes is often considered as a “Rich Man’s disease” because it is closely linked to life style and diet but in the context of urban Nepal, the prevalence of this disease is not always limited to the rich, especially in and around Kathmandu. Due to the widespread poverty and the serious influence of the prolonged armed conflict, many rural people have flown into the Kathmandu valley. These people have no choice but to adjust to urbanized eating habits, such as consuming more junk food and snacks. As a result, these people ruin their health and develop diseases including diabetes.
Speaking at the function, Ambassador Takahashi expressed his belief that the project signed today will contribute to supporting the health of urban poor people, and he is confident that this grant will play a significant role in further strengthening the cordial and friendly relationship between Japan and Nepal. Nepalnews.com