Nepal, US partner to strengthen public health in Karnali

Published On: September 27, 2019 07:32 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Karnali  Province’s Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nepal Mission have entered into a  partnership to increase access to quality health services in the  province on Thursday, in accordance with the bilateral agreement signed between the ministry of finance and the USAID.

“Through this partnership, USAID will support the Karnali provincial government to invest up to Rs 6.6 million to save lives with improved maternal, neonatal, and child health services,” the USAID Nepal said in a statement issued on Thursday.

Karnali Province has the second-highest under-five mortality (58 per  1,000 live births) and the second-highest total fertility rate of 2.8  children per woman among all the provinces.  

“These health programs will be implemented by the MoSD in partnership with the ministry of health and population and will utilize funds contributed by USAID to the ministry of health and population’s red book,” it said. “The partnership was jointly announced at a formal event attended by Minister for Social Development Dal Rawal, MoSD Secretary Dr Man Bahadur Bishwakarma, and USAID/Nepal Acting Mission Director Adriana Hayes.”

USAID is the first development partner to start providing on-budget  support directly to the province under Nepal’s new federal structure, it said.

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