Japan and the UNRWA will hold a Maternal and Child Health Handbook event on June 6 in Gaza to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the relationship between the Asian country and the organisation.
The Palestinian Maternal and Child Health Handbook was developed through the “Reproductive Health Improvement Project Focusing on Maternal and Child Health (Phase 1),” which was jointly implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Health from 2005 to 2008.
According to UNRWA, the handbook is becoming a tool for promoting common health in Palestine.
Through the organisation’s efforts, the guidebook has been widely introduced in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and East Jerusalem.
The ceremony will be held based on the achievements and contributions of JICA and UNRWA in promoting maternal and child health.
An online networking event will also be held with five mothers from Japan and the Gaza Strip, each with children under the age of five. They will exchange opinions on maternal and child health handbooks to promote friendship and mutual understanding.
Attendees will include Director Yoichi Nakajima, Ambassador of Japan for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Takashi Hoshimitsu, JICA Palestine Office Chief Representative, Akihiro Kiyota, UNRWA’s Director of Public Health and Yosuke Tsutsumi, Secretary of the Representative Office of Japan to Palestine.