World Bank Lends $60 Mln to Improve Health Services in North

The World Bank said it approved on Friday a US$60 million loan to strengthen district hospitals and improve access to health services in the northern upland provinces of Viet Nam.

A dentist gives treatment to a boy in a remote area in Viet Nam (Photo: Khanh Van)

The loan, with a 40-year term including a grace period of 10 years, will come from International Development Association – a World Bank Group’s concessional lending arm for low income countries, a WB announcement said but did not mention the interest rate. The money will contribute to the total investment of US$66 million for the Northern Uplands Health Support Project.

The project will improve district hospitals by strengthening the health workforce capacity and develop pilot models to increase staff retention in northern highland provinces; provide basic medical equipment and selective facility repair and refurbishment; and improve hospital management.

It will also help provide health care for the poor. The project will support provincial and district agencies in strengthening monitoring, reporting and supervision of the Health Care Fund for the Poor implementation at all levels.

The project is carried out in Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Son La, and Bac Can from September, 2008   to February, 2014. The executing agency is the Ministry of Health.

By Khanh Van

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