Senegal gets US$ 42 million to improve health and nutrition

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The World Bank has offered Senegal US$42 million to enable the West African country fund its health and nutrition services, needed mostly by thousands of women and children, PANA learnt here from official sources.

The services, created by the International Development Association (IDA), will help solve other problems like low weight at birth and anaemia in pregnant women and children.

It will also help raise the number of medical deliveries and enable pregnant women get at least four pre-natal medical visits and access to modern means of contraception.

According to Mrs. Vera Songwe, Operations Director of the World Bank in Senegal, while efforts are made to reduce the number of infant deaths due to malnutrition and malaria, the number of maternal death remains unchanged.

"The new project will encourage pregnant women get monitored during pregnancy and get accompanied to health centres, while guaranteeing them access to quality services," she said.

A total of 3.5 million people will be catered for under the project in six administrative regions -- Kaffrine, Kédougou, Kolda, Sédhiou, Tambacounda and Ziguinchor.

"We hope this project will help Senegal improve poor people’s access to health services and accelerate the realization of all the Millennium  Development Goals (MDGs) regarding health by 2015, reduce infant deaths, improve maternal health and deal with non-communicable diseases," Christophe Lemière, senior Specialist in health matters at the World Bank, said.

IDA was created by the World Bank in 1960 to support poor countries in launching projects meant to stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of the populations.

It works with 82 poor countries, 40 of which are in Africa.
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20 december 2013 16:44:59




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