Health Desk--20 Sep’18: Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $110 million additional loan for a Bangladeshi project designed to improve access to urban primary healthcare services in Bangladesh through public-private partnerships.
The approval came at a meeting of ADB’s board of directors held at its Manila headquarters on Wednesday, the lender said in a statement.
ADB’s support to the government-led Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project approved in 2012 has been filling a vacuum created by the lack of urban public primary healthcare by increasing access to quality services, especially for poor households.
Previously, the ADB provided a $40 million loan and $4.5 million cofinancing for a first project to support health services in four cities during 1998–2005. A second project followed in 2005–2012 backed by a $30 million loan, $10 million grant, and $30 million cofinancing widening the support to six cities and five municipalities.