On Wednesday, the World Bank granted Pakistan a $258 million loan to strengthen primary healthcare services.

According to the Dawn, the World Bank will assist Pakistan in achieving universal health care.

“Continual human capital investments and health reforms,” according to the National Health Support Programme.

Healthcare reforms in the programme are focused on coverage and quality, governance and accountability, and cost.

“By creating provincial health systems, this programme is crucial to developing the country’s human capital and boosting health and nutrition outcomes for its population,” said Najy Benhassine, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan.

He noted that “Pakistan is making headway in health reforms to ensure access to basic healthcare services.”

The NHSP is funded by the International Development Association (USD 258 million) and two grants from the GFF for Women, Children, and Adolescents, including a USD 40 million grant to protect critical health services of many worldwide crises.

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