The Government of India have signed three credit agreements with the World Bank for providing financial assistance of US $ 671.83 million for the following health sector projects.
(i) The Reproductive and Child Health Project (RCH-II) for US $ 360 million.
(ii) Second National Tuberculosis Control Project (TB-II) for US $ 170 million and
(iii) Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project for US$ 141.83 million.
The Reproductive and Child Health Project Phase-II aims to reduce Total Fertility Rate (TFR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the country. The TB-II project will implement the existing DOTS strategy and will additionally focus on the scaling up of the State-level intermediate referral laboratories (IRL), Implementation of DOTS- Plus scheme for multi drug resistant TB and Scaling up of the involvement of NGOs and Private and Corporate sector.
The objective of the Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project is to increase utilization of essential curative and public health services particularly in underserved areas and among vulnerable groups.
These Projects are under implementation. The RCH-II project is scheduled to close in the year 2010 while the TB-II and Karnataka Health System Projects will close in the year 2011.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.