The World Bank today approved a total of $ 162 million for three projects to improve the quality of education, access to primary health care, and risk and disaster management.  Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The World Bank's Board of Directors today approved three projects worth a total of $ 162 million in donations to improve security. quality of health and education services, and to strengthen resilience to climate change in Haiti.
“These three projects target national priorities to build a better future for all Haitians,” Anabela Abreu, World Bank Country Director for Haiti . “Access to quality health care and education is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty and generating stronger human capital so that Haitian children can reach their full potential. World Bank support will also help build climate resilience in the face of the growing threat of natural disasters by strengthening early warning systems and disaster preparedness in areas of high climate risk. “
On a global scale, Haiti ranks 112th in the World Bank's Human Capital Index. Thus, a child born today in Haiti will have, at adulthood, only 45% of the productivity that he could have had if he had benefited from a complete health and education. Infant mortality in Haiti remains high at 59 deaths per 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality has increased from about 523 per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 646 per 100,000 live births in 2016. Only 40% of children are fully immunized, contributing to epidemics of preventable diseases such as that diphtheria and measles.
Moreover, academic results are not very promising. On average, at the age of 18, Haitian children attended school for 11.4 years, which equates to an adjusted learning of 6.3 years representing the lowest score in the region. In terms of disaster risk, Haiti is highly exposed to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. Between 1976 and 2012, losses associated with hydro-meteorological events alone, on average, were close to 2% of annual GDP. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew affected more than two million people, killing more than 500 people and displacing 175,000 people.
The Project “Strengthening Primary Health Care and Surveillance” Haiti “will significantly improve basic health services for three million people, especially pregnant women and children in the South, North-West, North-East, Central and Nippes. It will strengthen national capacities for surveillance and vaccination against infectious diseases. The project will also improve overall coordination between government and international health sector partners. The $ 70 million project is funded by a $ 55 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) and a $ 15 million grant from the Global Financing Facility.
Second Grant Approved for Project “For Quality Education in Haiti” to Increase School Enrollments and Improve Learning Conditions in Public and Private Primary Schools in the South Region of Haiti. The project will aim in particular to reduce the differences in the rate of attendance and retention between the sexes. This support represents additional funding of $ 57 million, including a grant of $ 39 million from IDA and an 18 million grant from Global Affairs Canada.
The Third Project “Strengthening the Management of Disaster Risk and Resilience to Climate Change “ will support the establishment of early warning systems and the enhancement of emergency response and evacuation capabilities in targeted municipalities in high-risk areas climate. It will also strengthen infrastructure such as schools and community centers that can be used as emergency shelters, provide technical training and support the strengthening of the building code. This project is fully funded through a $ 35 million grant from IDA.
The International Development Association (IDA) is the World Bank institution that provides grants and loans at low interest rates. interest or interest in the world's poorest countries to help them implement projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, contribute to the reduction of poverty and improve the living conditions of the poorest.  Similar articles