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Gambia secures additional funds to improve health care

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2021—Today, the World Bank Board of Directors approved additional funding of $ 50 million from the International Development Association (IDA) * to improve the quality and use of essential health services in The Gambia .

The essential health strengthening project will finance the construction and equipment of an intensive care unit of the national emergency treatment center, an emergency observation and treatment center, a national laboratory public health and training center and a national blood transfusion center.

The project will support the extension of health facilities at the national level, i.e. increasing the existing geographic coverage of the five rural regions to cover the whole country including the two western regions. .

A recent survey found that some healthcare facilities have asbestos roofing sheets, which leak and release dangerous asbestos fibers into the air. This additional funding will support the safe removal of damaged asbestos roofs and the renovation of selected facilities. “As of April 2020, the World Bank has allocated nearly $ 100 million to support the government’s long-term efforts to build a sustainable and comprehensive health care delivery system in The Gambia,” noted Ms. Feyi Boroffice, Resident Representative of the World Bank for The Gambia.

This additional funding will make it possible to extend the contractualization of health establishments on the basis of performance to cover the whole country and the implementation of the draft law on national health insurance which was adopted by the National Assembly on last week.

“These investments aim to ensure that the poor have access to quality health services and, by reducing the maternal mortality rate and the under-five mortality rate,. ” noted Dr. Samuel Mills, World Bank Task Team Leader for the Project.

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, assists the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low or no interest rates for projects and programs that boost economic growth. economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the most important sources of assistance for the 74 poorest countries in the world, including 39 in Africa. IDA resources are bringing positive change to the 1.3 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has provided $ 458 billion to 114 countries. Annual commitments have averaged around $ 29 billion over the past three years (FY19-FY21), with around 70 percent going to Africa.