India and ADB sign $300 million loan agreement to improve primary health care in India
The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $300 million loan. the agreement will help in strengthening and improving access to comprehensive primary health care in urban areas of 13 states.
- The programme will be implemented in urban areas across 13 states: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal.
- It will also benefit more than 256 million urban dwellers including 51 million from slum areas.
Government of India’s key health initiatives
- The government of India’s key health initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWC) and Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PM-ASBY) have been launched, now renamed as Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM)
- It will expand availability and access to quality primary health care services particularly for vulnerable populations in urban areas.
- Ayushman Bharat programme aims to improve access to comprehensive primary health care as a key strategy to achieve universal health coverage in India, and was launched in 2018.
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