On October 15 2006, the government of Bangladesh and World Bank inked a deal to provide US$ 460 Million of Development Partners Grant Fund for Bangladesh's HNPSP (Health Nutrition & Population Sector Program), according to UNB.
Building on the achievements of Bangladesh in health sector, HNPSP targets the resources at those who are under privileged and also aims to devise a healthcare system, which is efficient & accountable to users.
This program is devised to help in the modernization of the health sector of Bangladesh and also speed up the progress towards attaining the health related goals. It's supported by US$ 4.3 Billion in government & donor funding for the years 2003-10, according to the World Bank.
Total donor support for the program (HNPSP) is estimated to be around US$ 1.3 Billion. Besides this, the World Bank is providing a credit of US$ 300 Million with other development partners who are providing about US$ 570 Million outside the pool.
The Bangladesh country director in World Bank said that Infant death rate in Bangladesh is now far below that of India, although per capita income of the country is fairly below its neighbors. Also on child malnutrition, Bangladesh is ahead of India.
Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Health & Family Welfare Minister, said that infant mortality rate in Bangladesh had come down to 51 per thousand live births from thrice the number in the mid 1970s.
The minister, however, admitted that the country has inadequate resources, therefore the govt. has opted for such strategies which are apt to mobilize the limited human and financial assets to attain improved nutrition, health, & family welfare for the citizens of Bangladesh.
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