WASHINGTON, April 27, 2022 – The World Bank has approved $187 million in financing from the International Development Association (IDA)* to help Benin improve the quality of and access to primary health care services and strengthen its response capacity to public health emergencies.
Benin’s Health System Improvement Program, a Results-Based Program (PforR) project, will help improve the quality of and access to primary health care services, with a focus on reproductive health , maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent and nutrition. . This project will provide essential health services to nearly nine million people and basic nutritional services to more than four million children. More than 2.8 million children will be vaccinated and more than two million births will be assisted by qualified health personnel. The project will also help improve disease surveillance in Benin and strengthen its capacity to respond quickly and effectively to public health emergencies.
“Despite the efforts of recent years, Benin’s health system still faces challenges in providing quality services at all levels, including maternal and child health services. Adequately training staff and equipping facilities will lead to standardized quality basic services to bridge the current gap between adequate access to services and good maternal, newborn and child health outcomes,” Remarks Attou Seck, World Bank Country Manager for Benin.
This new program will build on the achievements of the Health System Performance Project (2010-2017), which implemented a performance-based financing system in eight health zones and significantly improved the coverage of maternal health services, neonatal and child health, quality of care, and institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health.
“Significant financing of the health sector is one of the government’s priorities to strengthen human capital. The government is committed to developing quality infrastructure and recruiting qualified personnel to bring the health system up to standard and provide quality primary health care to women and children,” said Romuald Wadagni, Minister of State for the Economy and Finance. “This new draft results-based program reflects the government’s commitment to boosting social investments through optimal management of public resources.
This operation is part of the 2021-2026 Government Action Program, whose pillar 3 concerns improving the access of the people of Benin to basic social services and social protection.
*The International Development Association (IDA) is the World Bank’s fund for the poorest. Established in 1960, it provides grants and loans at low or no interest rates for projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the largest sources of aid to the world’s 76 poorest countries, 39 of them in Africa. IDA resources bring positive change to the 1.6 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have grown steadily and have averaged $21 billion over the past three years, with about 61% going to Africa.
PRESS RELEASE No.: 2022/061/AFR