30 Oct 2023 18:55

World Bank to provide $57 mln in financing to healthcare project in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE. Oct 30 (Interfax) - The World Bank has approved $57.25 million in financing for a new project in Tajikistan called "Millati Solim," (Healthy Nation,) the organization's representative office in the republic said.

The funding consists of grants from the International Development Association (IDA) of $40 million, from the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) of $12.5 million, and the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (HEPR) of $4.75 million.

"The project will help improve the health of the Tajik people by improving the quality and efficiency of primary healthcare services in selected areas of the country and strengthening national capacities to respond to public health emergencies," the statement said.

It is noted that, despite significant progress over the past two decades, Tajikistan continues to lag behind in key health indicators such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and stunting, as well as the spread of non-communicable diseases. In many places, the quality of primary health care is declining because facilities do not meet minimum standards.

Currently, the World Bank is financing 26 projects in Tajikistan totaling $1.6 billion.