Centre ties up $32 million World Bank project to strengthen healthcare in Mizoram
According to a statement issued by the Union Finance Ministry on Thursday, the Government of India, Government of Mizoram and the World Bank have signed an agreement for a $32 million project to improve health services in Mizoram.
The project particularly aims to benefit the under-served areas and vulnerable groups in the state and strengthen the effectiveness of the state health insurance programme by building synergies with the Government of India’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY).
The Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project will benefit the people across all the districts in the state. It will also benefit health sector staff, specifically at the secondary and primary levels, by strengthening their planning and management capabilities along with building their clinical skills and competencies.
As a key strategy, the project will move towards a performance-based financing system where Internal Performance Agreements (IPAs) between the Health Department and its subsidiaries would foster more accountability at all levels. The project will also focus on promoting synergy between various schemes and augment the capacity of the state insurance agency.
In view of the adverse effects brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project will invest in preventing infections and control for a more resilient response to future outbreaks, pandemics, and health emergencies.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)
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