ISLAMABAD - World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday handed over ambulances, medical and diagnostic equipment to the health departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA donated by the people of Japan in a ceremony held here.

The ceremony was attended by senior officials from the federal and provincial governments, health development partners, UN agencies and the embassy of Japan.

Under the framework of the ‘One UN in Pakistan’, Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) is a joint programme component incepted in 2009. It owes to the presence of three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan in the preceding three decades, resulting in social, economic and environmental consequences.

The aim of the programme is to provide the basic health facilities, education, shelter and hygiene living conditions to the Afghan refugees and the hosting communities. The larger aim is to help refugees to repatriate to Afghanistan and lead a better life in their own country.

Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Representative in Pakistan, extended his gratitude to the government and people of Japan for supporting the RAHA interventions.

he also commended the support provided by the sister UN agencies UNHCR, UNDP and extended deep appreciation to FATA and government of KP and would recognize their support.

Dr Shahzad Khan Bangash, Secretary Planning and Development FATA, expressed his desire for continuation of such programmes that not only strengthen the health infrastructure and health delivery system of FATA health directorate but also afford huge benefits to the host community and local population.

Naoaki Kamoshida, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan, expressed satisfaction over witnessing the support extended by the people of Japan for making a real difference on the ground to improve people’s lives in KP and FATA.