The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 45 million U.S. dollar loan to help strengthen quality health care in 16 districts across 10 provinces in Laos.
The Manila-based bank said that Improving the Quality of Health Care Project would help the Lao Ministry of Health design and implement quality of care policies.
“It would also upgrade provincial and district hospitals, and improve hospital management in the involved provinces.
“High-quality health care that meets the needs and expectations of patients, especially women and children, is key to Laos achieving universal health coverage by 2025,” said ADB Country Director for Laos Sonomi Tanaka.
The ADB said the project would benefit about 1.6 million people annually.
Patients include the poor, women, the elderly, those with disabilities, and ethnic groups living in underserved and remote rural areas.
In recent years, the ADB said Laos has made progress in expanding access to health care and insurance.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria