The donation amounts to MAD 500,000 ($52,177) to support the association for the Prevention of Blindness.
Rabat – The Japanese government has granted Morocco a donation consisting of ophthalmological and optical equipment to support a campaign against blindness.
Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the Japanese government granted the donation to the Moroccan Association for the Prevention of Blindness as part of a non-reimbursable aid program for local micro-projects contributing to human security (APL).
The grant is estimated at around MAD 500,000 ($52,177). The Japanese government gave the grant for the acquisition of a non-mydriatic retinography, an automatic refractometer, a slit lamp, an automatic front oometer, a test screen and an automatic grinder scanner, a statement from the Japanese Embassy in Morocco said on Thursday, December 12.
The embassy emphasized that the donation is testament to the relations of friendship and cooperation between Morocco and Japan.
It also aims to “strengthen the ophthalmic consultation unit for the benefit of the Moroccan Association for the Prevention of Blindness” in Rabat
The equipment will allow the “consolidation of diagnostic and screening activities and services offered to thousands of people annually,” the statement added.
Japan, a country that shares strong bilateral relations with Morocco, has made numerous donations to finance several sustainable development projects in Morocco as part of the APL program.
The Japanese government created the program in 1989. The initiative mainly provides support for local communities and NGOs to provide financial aid to development projects, the statement added.