Sri Lanka to get US$200mn from IBRD for primary health care

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will get 200 million US dollars from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the World Bank to strengthen primary health care and manage non-communicable diseases which are becoming an increasing economic burden on the island.

The funds will be to implement the Primary Health Care System Strengthening Project, a statement from the Ministry of Finance’s Department of External Resources said.

It aims “to increase the utilization and quality of primary health care services, with an emphasis on detection and management of non-communicable diseases in high-risk population groups, in selected areas of the country”.

These goals will be achieved by supporting the reorganization and strengthening of the Sri Lankan primary health care system.

The project will support the development and roll out of policies and standards and strengthening of various supportive systems, the statement said.

It will also lay the foundation for a “more integrated, coordinated, and people-centered delivery system.”

The primary beneficiaries of the project will be the users of public Primary Health Care (PHC) institutions in selected communities.

“The primary users of the public PHC Institutions tend to be the poorer segments of the population,” the statement said.

“Within the communities supported by the project, those who are most at risk of having or developing a severe or catastrophic Non-communicable Disease (NCD) will be the primary target.”
The project will benefit the health sector staff at the central and provincial levels by strengthening their capacities and making resources available to plan and execute the strategy for strengthening PHC services.
(Colombo/January 23/2019)





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