The Government of Japan Provides Grant Assistance for A Project for the Expansion of Tuberculosis Center in Tak Province
January 12, 2015
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to some 2,381,800 baht for A Project for the Expansion of a Tuberculosis Center in Tak Province.
On January 12, 2015, H.E. Mr. Shigekazu SATO, Ambassador of Japan and Prof. Francois Nosten, Director of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University (SMRU), jointly signed the funding contract for the project at the Embassy of Japan.
SMRU is located on the Thai-Myanmar border. Due to the increase in the number of Tuberculosis (TB) cases in Tak province, where there is a highly mobile population, SMRU took the decision to start offering TB diagnosis and treatment in 2009, establishing the Wang Pha TB center there in 2013.
The SMRU is the sole provider of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) treatment which requires a complex regimen of expensive medicines and takes two years to complete with the patient needing supervised treatment daily. The center provides free treatment for many patients who lack medical access in Myanmar including Myanmar migrant workers living in Thailand. Furthermore, the center receives many patients from other health agencies and is now operating beyond capacity. Meanwhile, there is a risk of containing widespread infection around the border area if treatment is not available.
This project aims to improve matters by expanding the center on the existing site, including increased accommodation capacity for patients, consultation room, critical care unit and solar panel system. Besides this, some extra facilities will be added, including a counselling room, kitchens and a Multi-purpose building. It is expected that this will not only reduce TB infections, but also promote mental health and well-being.
Having a proper treatment facility of TB is necessary in terms of human security and this project will lead to the stability in this area. The Japanese government considers the provision of medical care access to be meeting a basic human security need, and it intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to community development through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
For more information about GGP, please contact:
- Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, Economic Division, Embassy of Japan
- 177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
- Telephone: 02-207-8500 / 02-696-3000
- Facsimile: 02-207-8517