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World Bank approves $46 million for child healthcare services in KPK

Approximately, 300,000 children under the age of two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will benefit from Child Welfare Grants (CWGs).

Islamabad, 7 July, 2023 (GNP): The World Bank (WB) has approved $46 million for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Citizen Centered Service Delivery Project as well as the operations of citizen-centric administrative facilitation centers in tribal districts. This financial assistance aims to enhance the provision of essential amenities and services to local communities.

Najy Benhassine, World Bank country director for Pakistan said, “The Project will support the government in expanding the provision of Child Wellness Grants targeted at mothers, provided they attend health awareness sessions.” Benhassine further claimed, “It will also help improve access to quality child health-related services.”

According to a statement by WB, approximately 300,000 children under the age of two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will benefit from Child Welfare Grants (CWGs).

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The project will help reduce financial gaps associated with accessing healthcare services, the statement said. It will provide Rs.12,500 (approximately US$45) to families, for attending health awareness sessions and monitoring their children’s growth.

Furthermore, Benhassine highlighted that the project will also improve access to quality child health services and support in the adoption of a one-window operation model of the Citizen Facilitation Centers (CFC) to promote essential service delivery to the local population.

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In addition to the provision of Child Wellness Grants, The CFCs play a crucial role in providing services such as registration facilities for birth, death, marriage, divorce, and family registration to the local communities, Benhassine said. He added that 560,000 people would utilize the services provided at CFCs.

Meanwhile, Task Team Leader for the project Amjad Zafar Khan said that the project would facilitate the transition of the programme to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bridging the continuity of the activities under the 40 CFCs already established with the support of the federal government.