FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs Receives 75 ICT kits from JICA

JICA has donated the 1st batch of 75 Immuno-Chroimatiographic Test (ICT) kits and additional consumable medical supplies to support the Pacific Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (PacELF) in the Federated States of Micronesia. On April 13th, 2017, staff from National Environmental Health and Food Safety Unit and Immunization Program along with JICA staff received and inspected the ICT Filariasis Rapid Assessment kit and ensured its proper storage. These kits will be delivered and utilized in certain states in the FSM along with its neighboring islands based upon needs assessment survey conducted in previous years. The 2nd batch of 75 ICT kits is expected to arrive in Pohnpei on or around the month of September, 2017.
In 1999, under the umbrella of the global Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) elimination program, PacELF was launched by World Health Organization (WHO) to eliminate LF in the Pacific by the year 2020. Since 2001, under Japan’s Technical Cooperation Project, JICA has been donating ICT kits to the FSM in support of ending the spread of this infection. JICA recognizes the health sector as a priority issue in the FSM and will continue to provide support and cooperation in this area. According to Mr. Shinji SHIBATA, Resident Representative of JICA Micronesia Office, “We hope these kits will contribute to the complete elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the FSM.”