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Liberia, World Bank, sign US$16m grant for health sector

The World Bank and the Liberian government have signed an agreement for a US$16 million grant approved by the World Bank under its Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Liberia’s health sectorAccording to a Finance and Development Planning Ministry press statement, the money is intended to strengthen a project that will seek to improve the quality of primary and secondary healthcare services, with focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

“On behalf of the President, Her Excellency, I just want to say thanks to the World Bank again for another demonstration of your support to our country; you are not only trying to build on a better micro economy, but also the fabrics around which the economy functions, especially in the healthcare sector,” said Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara at the signing ceremony.

He is optimistic that the agreement will make Liberia more resilient in addressing perennial health issues, especially in the rural parts of the country, where access to good healthcare must be for all, not only for the privileged people.

He assured the World Bank that the fund would address the gap in the health system, mainly for those who are far away from what he called ‘critical health centers’.

Also speaking at the signing ceremony, World Bank Liberia Country Manager Larisa Leschenko assured the Liberian Government that the World Bank would continue to support its programs prioritized in its medium-term Development Agenda, the Agenda for Transformation in lifting its people out of poverty.

‘Let’s move ahead with diligence and implement this project aimed at strengthening healthcare delivery services,” she stressed.

She disclosed that the grant would address over six priority areas, including emergency obstetric, newborn care, antenatal and postnatal care and child health.

Others include strengthening civil registration and vital statistic system, adolescent health interventions, maternal and neonatal deaths surveillance and response, sustainable community engagement; leadership, governance and management at all levels, the press statement issued on Thursday said.

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