The World Bank grants Moldova a $40 million loan to improve health services

The World Bank grants a $40 million loan to Moldova to improve health services, reports Bani. md.

The Republic of Moldova has one of the highest rates of premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, largely due to cardiovascular diseases, which caused 37% of deaths before the age of 70 in 2019. According to the World Health Organization, in 2022, approximately 1.6 million individuals in Moldova require rehabilitation services due to at least one medical condition. With this support, it is possible to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases. This includes ensuring patients have access to hypertension medication, helping them live healthier lives, and providing access to emergency care and rehabilitation services to aid in faster recovery.

“Through a collaboration between the Government and the World Bank, fewer citizens will be adversely affected by non-communicable diseases. This will be achieved by investing in infrastructure and prevention activities in primary healthcare institutions. It will also alleviate the financial strain on patients requiring emergency and rehabilitation services for serious health issues,” said Inguna Dobraja, Country Director of the World Bank in the Republic of Moldova.

The project’s core objective is to offer prompt treatment for strokes and heart attacks during the critical early hours of an episode. Additionally, it aims to provide patients with access to rehabilitation services to facilitate their return to work and family life. In addition, the project will support critical activities in primary healthcare and at the population level to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases and prevent the likelihood of catastrophic events.

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The project will support the regionalisation of care provision and help to strengthen and operationalise the Government’s new vision for rehabilitation services. Moldova’s plans to enhance stroke, cardiac care, and rehabilitation services for vulnerable groups will improve human capital and ensure that citizens and families across the country can benefit from high-quality care. This objective will also be accomplished by enhancing digital services, enabling patients in remote areas to access healthcare without the need to travel long distances.

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