NEWS AND EVENTS
April 1, 2005
ADB AND WORLD BANK TO FINANCE NEW PROJECTS
Seminar on the launch of new joint projects, aiming at improving healthcare system of Uzbekistan was held today, 1 April, at the Institute for Advanced Training of Doctors.
Thus, \"Health-2\" project of the World Bank, with the budget of US$40 million, will be a logical extension of the ?\"Health - 1\" project successfully implemented in five pilot regions of Uzbekistan in 1998-2004.
Leading Economist of the World Bank for the Issues of Healthcare John Langenbrunner said: \"The reduction of the expenses on the system of the primary healthcare, and improved access to medical services in the rural area were the main results of the \"Health-1\" project?\"
According to the estimations, by the end of the implementation of the \"Health-2\" project in 2009, the number of expectant mothers, who will have received quality medical service, will increase by 10%. The number of new-borns who will have received vaccinations against hepatitis B will also increase by the same amount. This will significantly decrease the child and maternity mortality rates in Uzbekistan, and will contribute significantly to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. Moreover, in the course of implementation of the project, 100% of expectant mothers will be given access to the HIV tests and treatment, preventing the transference of the disease from mother to the child.
As for the second project, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), it is the first project to be implemented by the bank in the sphere of healthcare in Uzbekistan. The project is to target needy women and children in the rural areas and will be implemented in six regions of the country - Bukhara, Ferghana (pilot territory), Kashkadarya, Khorezm and Tashkent regions, and the Republic of Karakalpakstan. These are the regions with the highest child mortality rates.
The initiators of the project noted that it had two aims: support the initiatives on reformation of the primary link of healthcare and provide for keeping maternity and child health.
New projects envisage the installation of new equipment, as well as administrative support of 2,200 family polyclinics, and 99 laboratories in the district hospitals and some of the city polyclinics. The projects will also assist the improvement of skills of the medical personnel: over 2,000 doctors and some 50 teachers will be trained in the framework of the project.
Ministry of Healthcare of Uzbekistan will implement the projects through the Joint Office for Implementation of the Project (JOIP) and regional offices for project implementation. Joint implementation will guarantee close coordination of all arrangements on the projects and significantly economize on state expenditure.
Both projects will be launched in the Year of Health on the eve of the World Day of Health, marked on 7 April. The projects are another proves of support provided by the Word Bank to the Government of Uzbekistan in order for the latter to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.