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World Bank approves USD 32 Million Project to improve Healthcare services in Mizoram

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World Banks approves USD 32 mn project to improve health services in MizoramOn April 1, 2021, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a USD 32 Million (~INR 234.80 Crores) Project titled ‘Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project’ for improving management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram.

  • The $32 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a maturity of 14.5 years, including a grace period of 5 years.
  • The project will help Mizoram to improve quality certification at health facilities, enhance human resources, improve health insurance and other innovations.

Areas of Focus

  • Reducing financial barriers in accessing hospital services. For this purpose, it will build cooperation with India’s Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojna (PMJAY).
  • Preventing out of pocket expenditure for health by poor families and expanding coverage.
  • To invest in a comprehensive quality assurance programme for enabling quality certification of health facilities.

Key Strategy

  • To ensure accountability, the project will move towards a performance-based financing system – Internal Performance Agreements (IPAs) between the State Health Department and its subsidiaries.
  • The Project will invest in infection prevention and control for a more resilient response to future outbreaks, pandemics, and health emergencies.
  • The Project will invest in It will also focus on the proper management of bio-medical waste management in Mizoram through segregation, disinfection, and collection.

Mizoram’s Performance in the Health sector

  • The major health issues facing Mizoram are the increasing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), increasing urban-rural disparities & access to quality health services.
  •  NCDs in adults account for more than 50% of the disease burden in the state.

Recent Related News:

i.On March 1, 2021, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga who also holds the Finance Portfolio presented the annual budget for the year 2021-22 with an outlay of INR 11, 148.90 crores.

About Mizoram:

Lakes – Tam Dil, PalakDil, Rungdil
National Parks (NP) – Murlen NP, Phawngpui Blue Mountain NP

About World Bank 

Members – 189
President – David Malpass
Headquarters – Washington D.C., USA