UK provides £85 million to support health sector

Published On: September 15, 2016 12:50 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has agreed to provide £85 million for the implementation of Nepal government's National Health Sector Strategy (NHSS).

The UK aid to the health sector will help improve the health of women, children, the poor and the marginalized in Nepal, read a statement issued by the UK Embassy in Kathmandu.
The grant will support restoration of health services in areas affected by the 2015 earthquake and improving the quality and governance of health services nationwide, added the statement. 

 “The UK will provide £85 million over 4.5 years (Jul 2016 to Dec 2020) to support the delivery of the government of Nepal's Nepal Health Sector Strategy 2015-2020,” it said. “£57 million will be Financial Aid to the Department of Health and £28 million will be technical assistance. Of the £85 million, £20 million will support the retrofitting and rehabilitation of hospitals in earthquake-affected and at-risk areas.”

 Gail Marzetti, head of DFID Nepal, said, “Health is an area of success in Nepal. The Ministry of Health has made huge gains, especially in child and maternal mortality, and we are proud to have been supporting the ministry's endeavors for the last 17 years.”

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