WB approves US$80 million loans to improve Vietnam’s grassroots health services

Thursday, 2019-06-20 17:29:33
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Commune health stations will provide essential maternal, newborn and child health care services. (Illustrative image)
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NDO – The World Bank has approved a US$80 million loan to assist Vietnam in improving the quality of and access to grassroots health services in 13 provinces across the country.

The 13 provinces include Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Yen Bai, Son La, Hoa Binh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Ninh Thuan, Long An, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, and Bac Lieu.

Approximately 9.2 million people are expected to benefit from the investment under the Investing and Innovating for Grassroots Health Service Delivery Project.

The project is intended to enable commune health stations to detect and manage non-communicable diseases in addition to enhancing their role in controlling infectious diseases and providing essential maternal, newborn and child health care services.

Commune health stations will be provided with equipment, training and quality management tools and upgraded to meet national standards.

“While health outcomes and access to basic health services have improved tremendously for the general population, disadvantaged groups, especially ethnic minorities and those living in poor, remote, and mountainous provinces, still lag behind.” said Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam.

He noted that “This project is designed to target these groups by closing remaining gaps in access to basic healthcare while expanding new services to address emerging demographic and epidemiological challenges.”

In addition to the US$80-million loan provided through the International Development Association, the financing package also includes grants totaling US$25 million funded by other donors to soften the interest rate of the loan.