The World Bank has approved a $1 billion loan to support India’s flagship health infrastructure mission of Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat (PM-ABHIM), the Union Health Minister said on Tuesday, Mansukh Mandaviya, in Rajya Sabha.
The loan granted on June 28, 2022 includes two complementary loans of $500 million each, namely for “Transforming India’s Public Health Systems for Pandemic Preparedness Program (PHSPP)” and “India’s Enhanced Health Service Delivery Program (EHSDP)”, said Mandaviya in a statement. written response.
Through this, the World Bank will support India’s flagship PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM).
The PHSPP aims to increase the resilience and preparedness of India’s health system to a pandemic and support activities such as strengthening existing health units at points of entry and establishment of new health units at points of entry. .
It also targeted the establishment of BSL-3 laboratories, regional research platforms and zonal institutes for national virology institutes, the establishment of a health emergency operations center and metropolitan units monitoring and surveillance system strengthening, among others.
The EHSDP aims to support the comprehensive delivery of primary health care services in selected priority states.
It will support these activities, including strengthening service delivery through a revamped comprehensive primary health care model, namely Ayushman Bharat Health and Welfare Centers (AB-HWCs) for improved household access to primary health care facilities.
It will also contribute to improving the overall quality of care by supporting the certification of quality assurance standards in Health and Welfare Centers (HWCs), strengthening health personnel and block-level public health units. (BPHU).
Various components of the PM-ABHIM are intended to benefit all states and UTs in the country where, apart from regular budget support, support from the World Bank will be utilized for the effective implementation of the identified activities, Pawar said.
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