SOML initiative: Abia wins $660000 fund from World Bank

By Admin on 09/01/2019

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The picture shows H.E Okezie Victor Ikpeazu receiving the cheque from The State Min of Health leadership at The Abia State Lodge in Abuja yesterday.

Abia State wins $660000 (Approx N237million) additional funds from World Bank following a successful implementation of the Saving One Million Lives (SOML) program in 2018.

SOML initiative is a broad-based investment program with six distinct health pillars – immunization, malaria control, nutrition, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, delivery of essential medicines to address common childhood illnesses, and strengthening of MCH delivery platforms 

The cheque was presented to the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. John Ahukanna by the Minister of Budget and Planning, Sen Udo Udoma on behalf of President Buhari at an impressive ceremony in Aso Rock Villa Banquet Hall yesterday, 8th January.

In his explannation, Dr. Ahukanna said:" The additional fund is a new World Bank funding policy whereby, each participating state in Nigeria is given an initial seed fund of $1.5m. If your state health indices improve from the previous, following judicious application of the funds to agreed health programs in the state, then that state gets rewarded with additional funds, as in our case. If not improved, then you do not get any more additional funds.

The ceremony was also used to roll out the Basic Health Provision Fund (BHCPF) of which Abia State is one of the 3 key pilot states in Nigeria.

 

Posted on January, 9 2019

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