The World Bank (WB) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Mohammad Nasim on Sunday launched the Global Financing Facility (GFF) involving $30 million in grant from the WB to improve health and quality of life of the country’s women, adolescents and children in accordance with the sustainable development goals (SDGs).Officials concerned at the GFF launching ceremony said the grant initiative, which will be linked with the government’s health sector programmes, will help Bangladesh mobilise additional domestic and international resources required to scale up and sustain essential health services for women, children and adolescents.
They said the sustainable financing will accelerate efforts further to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.
Hailing the special financing, the health minister urged the Washington-based global lender to ensure quick release of the grant considering importance of the health scenario of the targeted groups.
Assuring the financier of transparent use of the global grant, he said they would take strict legal action against people concerned, if any corruption is there in use of the GFF.
“Bangladesh has made great strides in reducing maternal and child mortality and is recognised globally for its efforts. Yet, the country has to go a long way to ensure quality health care for every woman and every child,” said Timothy Evans, WB Senior Director for Health.
“The grant will help leverage more financing to the health sector and narrow the financing gap to universal coverage of mother, child and adolescent healthcare,” Mr Evans said while making a presentation on the features of the GFF.
At the event, among others USAID Deputy Mission Director Paul Sabatine, Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Pierre Laramee, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative Navaratna Paranietharan, Vice Chairman of BRAC Ahmed Mushtaque Chowdhury and Additional Secretary of the Economics Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance Kazi Shofiqul Azam also spoke. (Source: Amar Health)