New World Bank loan to improve grassroots health services in Vietnam

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$80 million loan to help Vietnam improve the quality of, and access to, basic health services in 13 provinces, with a focus on poor areas of the country.
New World Bank loan to improve grassroots health services in Vietnam
The Investing and Innovating for Grassroots Health Service Delivery Project is designed to enable commune health stations (CHS) to start detecting and managing non-communicable diseases while strengthening their existing role in controlling infectious diseases and providing essential maternal, newborn and child health care services.
About 9.2 million people are expected to directly benefit from investments under this project.
To do this the project will provide CHS with equipment, training, and quality management tools, while upgrading infrastructure to meet national standards. The project will also support policy reforms that improve the financial sustainability and quality of services, and pilot innovations.
The 13 provinces covered by the project are northern provinces of Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Yen Bai, Son La, and Hoa Binh; the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, and Ninh Thuan; and the Mekong delta provinces of Long An, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, and Bac Lieu.
All but one of the provinces have poverty rates above the national average, and nine of them are in the poorest third of all provinces nationwide.
In addition to the US$80-million loan provided through the International Development Association, the financing package also includes grants totaling US$25 million.
These comprise US$17 million from the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents to soften (“buy-down”) the interest rate of the loan, US$5 million from the Integrating Donor-Financed Health Programs Multi-Donor Trust Fund and US$3 million from the Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases Challenges in Low and Middle-Income Countries Multi-Donor Trust Fund. In-kind contributions from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will also be provided.

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