India signed a loan agreement of 300 million US dollars with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its flagship programme National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).
The main aim of the NUHM is to improve the health status of the country’s urban population.
The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of India and M. Teresa Kho, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission on behalf of ADB.
The loan agreement is titled ‘Supporting National Urban Health Mission’. The agreement seeks to reinforce ongoing government efforts under the NUHM to develop health systems in urban areas that can deliver quality health services to the urban poor and vulnerable.
It will focus on strengthening primary health care and also promote better coordination between health and urban sectors and opportunities for public-private partnerships.
The two parties also signed the accompanying capacity building technical assistance of 2 million US dollars financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.