ADB loan for Uzbekistan healthcare improvements

29 Nov 17

The Asian Development Bank will provide a $45m loan to help improve Uzbekistan’s healthcare.

The loan will also help expand the scope of primary care services and bring services closer to people in rural areas to reduce premature death and disability from non-communicable diseases.

Megan Counahan, health specialist at the ADB’s Central and West Asia Department, said: “Uzbekistan’s healthcare sector has made solid strides in improving health and life expectancy, but there is a pressing need to improve the quality of healthcare, especially in underserved areas of the country.”

Through the ADB-backed health project, the Primary Health Care Improvement Project, primary health services would be improved in rural areas by providing modern equipment.

It will also finance the training of almost 3,000 health technology operators, doctors and nurses to ensure the staff further enhance their skills.

Additionally, it will institutionalise monitoring tools, such as pilot testing a digital health management information system, which could lead the way for the health ministry to improve access, coverage, health and wellbeing across the country, the ADB said in a statement.

This month the development bank also approved a $300m loan to support the Philippines’ financial sector reforms and made an agreement with Indonesia to promote public private partnerships

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