The agreement was signed in Nay Pyi Taw on February 5, according to a World Bank press release published on the day.
According to the World Bank, the Essential Heath Services Access Project will provide US$100 million in funding for increased and improved coverage of critical health services across Myanmar’s 330 townships. The project, approved by the bank in October 2014, is expected to benefit more than 4 million pregnant women and young children.
Dr Thein Thein Htay, deputy minister of health, said his government was pleased to invest in quality health services for all people in Myanmar.
“Better health services will improve the quality of life for mothers and their young children, and, ultimately, will help bring us closer to achieving the ambitious goal of universal health coverage,” he said.
Mr Ulrich Zachau, World Bank country director for Southeast Asia, said good maternal, newborn and child healthcare is critical for the country.
“This project will help bring more and better essential health services to Myanmar mothers and children,” he said.
The project is supported with credit from the International Development Association, the World Bank Group’s fund for the world’s poorest countries.
The plan was initiated following the visit to Myanmar in early 2014 by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.