KOREA International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) would fund a new maternity and child health centre for Visale Catholic Mission (VCM) and Visale community in West Guadalcanal this year.
On Sunday a delegation from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Honiara, Guadalcanal Provincial and Catholic Mission visited the proposed site at Visale.
During the site visit, KOICA officials discussed with the Catholic Mission officials, Visale health authorities and Visale community high school (VCHS) officials about the proposed clinic project.
It would be a four years project and will start this year and until 2018.
More than USD$6million has been allocated by the Korean Government for the project.
Visale Catholic Mission Priest John Galvin who was part of the discussion thanked KOICA and Guadalcanal Provincial Government health department for making the project proposal.
“At Visale, we have a big community here and sometimes people here find it hard to access health services and other health facilities.
“Since this project is about to kick off, I’m thankful for the Guadalcanal Provincial health department and KOICA for taking this project into our community because it would benefit the people,” Mr Galvin said.
KOICA staff Jangmi Park said, the project will kick off this year.
“This project is for four years and should end in 2018 .We have a budget for this project will be no more than six million US dollars.
“At the moment we are waiting for the final approval from the Korean government, Church mission and community before we can start off with the project.
“But so far, we have a good close relationship with the community there during our visit on Sunday and we hope the project will go smoothly this year,” Mr Park said.