The World Bank has approved a financial assistance of US$ 200 million to Sri Lanka to upgrade the standards of performance of the public health system.
The funds approved for the Second Health Sector Development Project (SHSDP) are expected to benefit the whole population of the country, the World Bank said in a release on Wednesday (March 27).
The project will provide approximately US$ 190 million to support the implementation of the recently prepared five-year National Health Development Plan 2013 to 2017 of the Ministry of Health.
Remaining US$ 10 million will be made available for implementing innovations to improve the quality of care and efficiency of the health sector, for improving results monitoring and capacity building of the health sector staff across the country.
According to the World Bank those who will benefit directly from this project will include people vulnerable to under-nutrition, maternal and childcare problems, persons affected with communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, dengue, leptospirosis, HIV/AIDS; rabies and other zoonotic diseases, and persons with acute and chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like injuries, heart diseases, strokes, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cancers and mental disorders.
"Investing in further improvement of the health system will be a critical pre-requisite for Sri Lanka's vision as reflected in the Mahinda Chintana," Country Director of World Bank in Sri Lanka Diarietou Gaye said.
"A more modernized and efficient health system employing more international standards will not only help achieve the objective of improving living standards and social inclusion, but it will also contribute to the broader objectives set out in Mahinda Chintana document, including sustained economic growth, and a move towards a knowledge-based and competitive economy," she added.