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World Bank grants $10 million for health in Yemen

Staff writer ▼ | April 3, 2014
The World Bank (WB) has agreed on a project worth $10 million to improve maternal, newborn and reproductive services for more than 225,000 poor women from urban and rural areas in Yemen.
Yemen woman
Yemen womanThe World Bank (WB) has agreed on a project worth $10 million to improve maternal, newborn and reproductive services for more than 225,000 poor women from urban and rural areas in Yemen.


In its press release, which was carried by SABA news agency of Yemen, the WB made clear that the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund (HRITF) would offer more $10 million for the project, raising up the funding to $20 million for five years and would include three governorates of Sana'a, Taiz and Hadramout.

The WB noted that Yemen is preparing a plan to accelerate the pace of growth in rural areas to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

Talking about problems to be addressed by the project, WB Country Director for Yemen, Wael Zakout made clear that mothers would get better services in field of health care in order to saves their lives, especially in rural areas, for the last statistics revealed that about six Yemeni women die every day because of pregnancy problems.

It is worth mentioning that till February 2014 the International Foundation for Development's portfolio consists of 32 existed projects in Yemen with a total pledges amounting to $949 million, including four grants have been adopted in July 2013 of $58 million, while $520 million of the total pledges have not yet been granted.


 

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