Providing health check-up for an ethnic minority woman (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on June 20 approved an 80-million-USD loan to help Vietnam improve basic health service quality and access, especially in disadvantaged areas.

The Investing and Innovating for Grassroots Health Service Delivery Project is designed to enable commune health stations (CHS) to start detecting and managing non-communicable diseases while strengthening their existing role in controlling infectious diseases and providing essential maternal, newborn and child health care services.

It is expected to benefit around 9.2 million people in 13 provinces, namely Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Yen Bai, Son La, and Hoa Binh (in the north); Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, and Ninh Thuan (in the central region); and Long An, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, and Bac Lieu (in the south).

Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam said: “while health outcomes and access to basic health services have improved tremendously for the general population, disadvantaged groups, especially ethnic minorities and those living in poor, remote, and mountainous provinces, still lag behind.”

Therefore, the project is designed to target these groups by closing remaining gaps in access to basic healthcare while expanding new services to address emerging demographic and epidemiological challenges.

In addition to the 80-million-USD loan provided through the International Development Association, the financing package also includes grants totaling 25 million USD. These comprise 17 million USD from the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents to soften the interest rate of the loan, 5 million USD from the Integrating Donor-Financed Health Programs Multi-Donor Trust Fund and 3 million USD from the Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases Challenges in Low and Middle-Income Countries Multi-Donor Trust Fund. In-kind contributions from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will also be provided.-VNA