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TFV Chair meets Minister of Health of Uganda
On 27 September 2013 in Tokyo Japan, Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, had a meeting with Ugandan Minister of Health, Minister of State with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Ambassador of Uganda to Japan.
Chair Noguchi briefed the Ministers on his recent field visit to northern Uganda and the latest development of the TFV projects there, in particular its shifting focus on physical and psychological rehabilitation, and expressed gratitude to the Ministers for continuous support from the Government of the Republic of Uganda.
H.E. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda, thanked the TFV for the provision of assistance for victims of the most serious crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC in Uganda. Being a medical doctor himself, the Minister explained that there were many more victims who were in urgent and dire needs of physical and psychological treatments and agreed with Noguchi that the Ugandan Government and the TFV should deepen discussions to seek ways to strengthen local capacity in the provision of technical expertise.
H. E. Ambassador James Baba, Minister of State with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, emphasized that domestic efforts to promote national reconciliation are being made but they would be broadly accepted only if they take victims into consideration. With the appreciation of the TFV’s assistance projects in northern Uganda, the Minister also agreed to enhance dialogue between his office and the TFV with a view to increasing the projects’ positive effects on future generations.
H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda to Japan who is herself from the suffered region in northern Uganda, explained the magnitude of sufferings amongst the population and emphasized the significance of peace education for children to remove hostilities among them. Noguchi explained about the TFV’s peace education program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or “A le ‘ecole de la paix” which he had observed on site in his recent field visit to the DRC.
The Ministers reiterated full support for the TFV and its activities and suggested that their office would closely coordinate with the TFV’s staff based in Kampala to discuss concrete ways to supplement each other’s initiatives at the maximum level and enable sustainable assistance to those most vulnerable including women and children.
Source : Trust Fund for Victims