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India and World Bank sign $287 million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme

The Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program by Central government will support the state to:

  • develop clinical protocols and guidelines;
  • achieve national accreditation for primary, secondary, and tertiary-level health facilities in the public sector;
  • strengthen physicians, nurses and paramedics through continuous medical education;
  • strengthen the feedback loop between citizens and the state by making quality and other data accessible to the public.
  • Promote population-based screening, treatment and follow-up for NCDs, and improve monitoring and evaluation.
  • Patients will be equipped with knowledge and skills to self-manage their conditions.
  • Lab services and health provider capacity will also be strengthened to address mental health.
  • To tackle road injuries, the programme will improve in- hospital care, strengthen protocols, strengthen the 24×7 trauma care services and establish a trauma registry.

 Tamil Nadu can serve as a model for how to take health system performance to the next level by investing in the public sector and offer lessons to other states. It is a moment of happiness that the World Bank is helping the state in this journey. ~ Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance

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