Center, State Government, World Bank Sign $ 32 Million Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project

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The Government of India, the Government of Mizoram and the World Bank signed a $ 32 million Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project to improve the management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram, in particular for the benefit of underserved areas and vulnerable groups.

The project will strengthen the governance and management structure of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (DoHFW) and its subsidiaries, improve the quality and coverage of services provided by state government health systems, and invest in a comprehensive quality assurance program that would allow certification of the quality of health facilities.

One of the main objectives will be to strengthen the effectiveness of the state health insurance program; create synergies with the Indian government Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY); and thus reduce financial barriers to access to hospital services, avoid catastrophic health costs for poor families and expand coverage.

The Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project will benefit residents of the state’s eight districts. It will also benefit health sector staff, particularly at the secondary and primary levels, by strengthening their planning and management capacities as well as their clinical skills and competencies.

The agreement was signed by Rajat Kumar Mishra, Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India; Eric Zomawia, Project Director, Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project on behalf of the Mizoram government; and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India, on behalf of the World Bank.

As a key strategy, the project will evolve towards a performance-based financing system where internal performance agreements (IPAs) between the DoHFW and its subsidiaries would promote greater accountability at all levels. This should go a long way in improving the management of the system in order to provide quality health services. The project will also focus on promoting synergy between different schemes and increasing the capacity of the state insurance agency.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the delivery and use of essential health services in the state. The project will invest in infection prevention and control for a more resilient response to future epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies.

The project will also invest in improving the overall ecosystem for the management of biomedical waste (both solid and liquid). It will include segregation, disinfection and collection while preserving the environment and improving the quality of health services and patient safety.

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