For health sector development: World Bank gives Rs. 2,760 million
The International Development Association (IDA) of the
World Bank will provide concessionary additional credit of Rs. 2,760
million (US$ 24 million) for Health Sector Development Project (HSDP)
with particular emphasis on the special health needs in the Northern and
Rs. 1,380 million has been allocated for the Northern
and Eastern Provinces and Rs. 1,265 million has been allocated for other
provinces. The balance Rs. 115 million has been allocated to strengthen
the stewardship function of the Health Care and Nutrition Ministry. The
IDA provided a grant of Rs. 5,760 million to implement the HSDP project
in 2004 to improve efficiency, equity and quality of healthcare by
strengthening planning, management of monitoring capacity at the
District, Provincial and Central levels with a focus on supporting
preventive care services at the District and Divisional levels.
The proposed additional credit will help finance the
costs associated with originally planed activities, facing a financing
gap due to the reallocation of part of the funds of the original IDA
grant to Tsunami relief efforts and to Avian Influenza prevention.
Considering the special health needs in the Northern
and Eastern Provinces, the World Bank has agreed to allocate a half of
the additional funding for these two Provinces.
The project covers all the Provinces and the Districts
and is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2010.
Courtesy : Daily News