|Subject: LUSA: Japan gives USD 1.5 mn to
improve infant, maternal medical care
East Timor: Japan gives USD 1.5 mn to improve infant, maternal medical care
Dili, March 1 (Lusa) - Japan strengthened it position Monday as the largest contributor to East Timor's health sector by announcing a donation of over USD 1.5 million to improve maternity and infant care in the new nation.
Medicine and equipment will be bought with Tokyo`s aid, which is being channeled through UNICEF, allowing 45,000 children under the age of 12 months and their mothers to be vaccinated at 65 health centers.
Japan's financial support to the new nation now totals over USD 4.5 million for the period 2003-2005.
Timor's infant and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the developing world, according to UNICEF.
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