UNICEF and JICA Signing Ceremony for “Promoting Maternal and Child Health Handbook”.
August 29, 2018: It was an honor and pleasure for His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat to welcome representative members from UNICEF Japan and JICA at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo for the grand signing ceremony of the implementation phase of the "Promoting Maternal and Child Health Handbook" (MCH) in many provinces of Afghanistan.
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat and all of the Diplomats of the embassy welcomed the distinguished guests from both delegations. In his opening remarks, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat deeply thanked UNICEF, JICA, and the people and Government of Japan for the consistent support and tireless work they continue conducting in Afghanistan. By reciting a quote from the Prophet Mohammad, Peace be Upon Him, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat hallmarked heaven being at the foot of mothers, and therefore "so too must we then remember that we all come into this world due to the love and care of mothers, and so we must ensure that they are in return loved and cared for so that they can instill in the future generations the same perpetual love and care. The circle of care, nurturing, health, development, and information must continue and improve. It is vital for mothers and children to have a good start to ensure fitness to face and succeed in life, and carry forth the ripples of peace in the world." Mr. Mioh Nemoto, Director ad interim of the UNICEF Tokyo Office, thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat and the Diplomats for the warm welcome, and highlighted the importance of supporting the well-being of mothers in Afghanistan via the auspices of the newly implemented MCH Handbook Project. Final remarks were given by Mr. Junichi Yamada, Senior Vice President of JICA, who expressed the intentions for the project to address prior concerns regarding young mothers and children in Afghanistan as they progress from gestation through to adolescence. He concluded by thanking H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for hosting the signing reception at the embassy.
Following the signing of the agreement of “Promoting Maternal and Child Health Handbook” by Mr. Takeshi Watanabe, Chief Representative Afghanistan Office of JICA, and Mr. Mio Nemoto, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat again expressed his wholehearted thanks and appreciation to UNICEF Japan, JICA, and the noble people of Japan for their continuous and benevolent assistance toward Afghanistan. He then invited all present to take part in the luncheon of Afghan foods prepared by the embassy in honor of the occasion.