ADB Boosts Support for Health System Improvement and COVID-19 Response in Sri Lanka.

ENPNewswire-October 4, 2021--ADB Boosts Support for Health System Improvement and COVID-19 Response in Sri Lanka

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Release date- 01102021 - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $110 million loan as additional financing for the ongoing Health System Enhancement Project that is improving the primary health care system (PHC) in Sri Lanka.

The Health System Enhancement Project, approved in October 2018, is upgrading primary medical care units and division hospitals in Central, North Central, Sabaragamuwa, and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka. It is strengthening health information systems and disease surveillance capacity, as well as supporting policy development, project management, and capacity building in the sector. The project also provided crucial resources for the immediate emergency response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in March-April 2020.

'Health care services and facilities are more important now than ever. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities in the country's health care system and we need to address these issues,' said ADB Health Specialist for South Asia Dai-Ling Chen. 'This additional investment will further improve the efficiency and equity of health care in Sri Lanka and expand access to primary and secondary level of health services.'

The additional financing will replenish reallocated funds from the ongoing project used for COVID-19 response. This will be used to complete the development of 42 PHC facilities; renovate 127 field health centers; increase nutrition services to mothers and children, especially the most vulnerable groups; and encourage the use of PHC facilities. It will also develop selected secondary care cluster apex hospitals to ensure the continuity of...

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