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India, ADB sign $300 million loan to improve primary health care
India, ADB sign $300 million loan to improve primary health care

New Delhi, Nov 26 (TIWN) India and the Asian Development Bank have signed a $300 million loan to strengthen and improve access to comprehensive primary health care in urban areas of 13 states that will benefit over 256 million urban dwellers including 51 million from slum areas.

Interventions through the programme will promote increased utilisation of urban HWCs with provision of comprehensive primary health care packages including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and community outreach services such as awareness raising activities on health care options, particularly for women. The delivery and health information systems for primary health care will be upgraded through digital tools, quality assurance mechanisms, engagement and partnership with the private sector. 

"Ensuring equitable access to non-Covid-19 primary health care is critical amid challenges posed by the pandemic to India's health system," said Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB's India Resident Mission. He said that the programme complements the government's efforts to bridge the health care gaps by strengthening institutional capacity, operation, and management of urban health and wellness centres at the central, state, and municipal levels.

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