World Bank Launches New Program to Aid Women and Children in Mauritania

World Bank Launches New Program to Aid Women and Children in Mauritania
World Bank/Dorte Verner

The World Bank recently approved a program in Mauritania aimed at enhancing healthcare services for approximately 2.5 million people. The plan is focused on women, children, and adolescents residing in Mauritania's most remote communities. 

"By strategically targeting maternal, child, and adolescent health and nutrition, the World Bank is committed to supporting the Government of Mauritania in achieving its health system objectives,” said Cristina Santos, World Bank Country Manager for Mauritania, in a statement.

A new report by UNICEF reveals infant and child mortality rates in Mauritania remain elevated. It reported 31 deaths per 1000 live births in 2022 and 39 deaths under the age of 5 per 1000 live births

The program is backed by a $52.3 million grant and credit combination from the International Development Association (IDA) and a $15 million grant from the Global Financing Facility (GFF). 

Focused interventions will include strengthening primary healthcare, enhancing adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and implementing health system reforms. The program will initially be implemented in nine rural regions with subpar health outcomes before extending to the entire country.

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