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Cameroon – Cooperation: Cameroon receives a loan of 58 billion FCFA from the World Bank to improve the quality of health services

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Written by Deckson N.

The signing of the agreement took place on 14 September at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development in the presence of Andre Mama Fouda, Minister of Public Health.

The World Bank (WB) provides funding to Cameroon under the Project Strengthening of Performance Health System (PSPHS). About 58 billion CFA francs were lent to Cameroon, and about 15 billion CFA francs donated. Louis Paul Motaze, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), proceeded on Wednesday the signing of these two agreements with Elizabeth Huybens the Director of Operations of the World Bank. The said signatures were made in the presence of Andre Mama Fouda, Minister of Public Health (MINSANTE), who welcomed the gesture of the WB for the health facilities of the country.

It must be said that the PSPHS is a program whose overall objective is to improve the quality of health services with special emphasis on maternal reproductive and child health and nutrition services for adolescents. It is increasingly clear to support the continued implementation of Performance Based Financing (PBF) in all the country’s health districts with special emphasis in the three regions of the north and of the 26 districts health covered by the initial operation, the 18 health districts recently included through additional funding.

The MINSANTE said that health facilities that will benefit from these funds are those presented in advance of the results. That is to say, a low mortality rate of pregnant women, quality service depicted in the reception of patients, etc. MINEPAT, during his address, welcomed the funding approach based on performance.

I like to emphasize for me to rejoice that the implementation of funding based on performance in Cameroon has improved very substantially health indicators in the targeted regions, especially in the Eastern Region where almost all health districts was covered and assisted delivery rate increased by 8%, “he said.

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