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Japan Grants $500,000 to Improve SRH and Breast Cancer Services to Vulnerable Communities in Palestine


30 March, 2018 -  Ramallah. The Government of Japan is contributing to women’s health in Palestine through a grant of $500,000 aimed to support implementation of the project Women’s health: addressing humanitarian needs for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and breast cancer services in vulnerable communities.


The overall objective of the project is to support the provision of quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and breast cancer services to vulnerable communities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank affected by the current humanitarian crisis. Building on the achievements and lessons learned from the funds provided by the Japanese government during the last two years, the current project aims to scale-up interventions and ensure a sustainable impact of the previous projects. Specifically, this project seeks to improve the connectivity, continuation and quality of a sustained Ministry of Health-led breast cancer continuum of care by developing a model for early detection, treatment and post-treatment support in Palestine.  

“The Japanese Government and its people are pleased to continue its support to this important project that will lead to improving the quality of life of women affected by breast cancer; particularly improving their positive coping and self-esteem,” said H.E. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs /Representative of Japan to Palestine. “Japan will provide a new package of assistance to the Palestinians in 2018 amounting to 40 million USD to support vital sectors and projects in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Jerusalem.”

“UNFPA extends its thanks and appreciation to the People and the Government of Japan for their continuous commitment and support to Palestinian women. This contribution will allow us to further build a sustainable and straight forward pathway from screening to treatment of breast cancer and other women’s health challenges” said Mr. Anders Thomsen, UNFPA Representative.   

For more information, please contact:


Anders Thomsen, UNFPA Representative, State of Palestine

Tel: + 972 54 9201341

Asma Ibrahim, Representative Office of Japan to Palestine

Tel: + 972-2-2413120