$70 million Credit, $5 million Grant for Health Care in Mekong Delta

The World Bank and Viet Nam have signed agreements for a concessional credit of US$70 million and a grant of US$5 million to support health care in the country’s Mekong Delta, home to more than 17 million people. 

State Bank of Viet Nam Governor Le Duc Thuy and World Bank Country Director for Viet Nam Klaus Rohland signed the deals in Ha Noi on July 24.

“The Mekong Regional Health Support Project is a meaningful and practical project that supports the Vietnamese Government’s efforts in improving the quality of health care services for people in the region,” Mr. Thuy said in a statement.

The Mekong Delta is an agricultural region where many people still live in poverty.

The credit of US$70 million aims at improving health services in the Mekong Delta and enhancing access to, and use of, these services, especially for the poor.

The US$5 million grant will provide technical assistance and other capacity building measures through provision of consultant services and training.

Mr. Rohland said in the statement, “With a total population of over 17 million in 13 provinces, the Mekong Delta plays a very important role in the development process of Viet Nam, and it is crucial to address emerging challenges in health service provision in the region.”

The project comprises five components: protecting the poor and quasi-poor against health risks and associated financial risks; curative care quality and capacity; preventive medicine; human resource management; and project management, monitoring and evaluation.

At a conference on the Mekong Delta’s socio-economic development held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 18-19, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that regional development is decisive to national development.

The PM instructed relevant ministries and agencies, and the authorities of the 13 Mekong Delta provinces to work harder to accelerate regional development. The Government leader said health care is among the fields to which more priorities should be given.

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