World Bank has disbursed the sum of $500 billion grant to the 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory Federal for the improvement of health outcomes of women and children in Nigeria.
The event took place at the ceremonial launch and symbolic disbursement of initial grant to states on Saving One Million Lives- Programme for Results, SOML- PforR , which took place yesterday in Abuja.
Dr Oluwole Odutola who represented the Country Director of World Bank said that the World Bank was invited by government into the programme and that disbursement of funds to states is to kick-start implementation of operation of the Save One Million Lives initiative of the Federal Government.
Odutola who disclosed that the although the SOML initiative is a Federal Government programme, World Bank was invited into it by the government.
He said, ‘’ the world Bank in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria remains committed to improving development outcomes especially of mothers and children and also supporting the government with 500 billion dollars for results.’’
Also the World Band indicates that the SOML Programme will be financed by a $500 million International Development Association credit to Nigerian government over a period of four years, adding that the funds would be disbursed to states based on performance.
The Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole who officially launched the programme said that the SOML Pfor R is government’s intervention to improve maternal and child health through result- focused partnership with State Ministries of Health.
Adewole further said, ‘’ the Federal Ministry of Health conceived the idea of Saving One Million Lives as a new strategy to save the lives of mothers and children by increasing access to and utilisation of a set of high impact essential commodities and services.