The World Bank board of executive directors has approved a Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project worth $32 million to enhance the healthcare services in Mizoram

The project will strengthen the governance and management of the Mizoram health department by improving the quality of its services.

The project will also invest in a comprehensive quality assurance programme, which would enable quality certification of health facilities.

The World Bank project will concentrate on making the health insurance programme of Mizoram health department effective and build synergies with the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY).

This will greatly help in making affordable healthcare available to the poor and marginalized sections of people.

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The Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project will also benefit healthcare personnel by strengthening their planning and management capabilities along with building their clinical skills and competencies.

“While Mizoram performs better than the national average on many key health indicators, access to quality health services is a challenge, particularly in rural areas. The Covid-19 pandemic has also adversely impacted the delivery of essential health services,” said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India.

“This project will support the state government’s efforts to deliver quality healthcare for the poor and vulnerable and those located in remote areas,” he said.

The project will also focus on the proper management of bio-medical waste management in Mizoram through segregation, disinfection, and collection while safeguarding the environment.

“This project will help the state to improve quality certification at health facilities, enhance human resources, improve health insurance and other innovations,” said Amith Nagaraj Bathula, senior operations officer, and World Bank’s Task Team Leader for the project.

The $32 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has a maturity of 14.5 years, including a grace period of 5 years.

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