Jamaica Secures US$100 Million from IDB to Fight NCDs

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (right) and Chief of Operations, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Jamaica, Adriana La Valley (left), sign the US$100-million loan agreement for execution of a programme aimed at boosting Jamaica’s fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  (Credit: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday April 3,
2019
– The Ministry of
Health has secured US$100 million in loans from the Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) for execution of a programme aimed at boosting the country’s fight
against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Dubbed
the ‘Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of
NCDs Programme’, the initiative aims to improve the health of Jamaica’s
population by bolstering policies for the prevention of NCD risk factors, and
implementation of a chronic care model with enhanced access to integrated
primary and hospital service networks.

Health
Minister Dr Christopher Tufton; and Chief of Operations, IDB in Jamaica,
Adriana La Valley, signed the loan agreement during the launch workshop for the
programme at the international financial institution’s Country Office yesterday.

The
loan comprises two complementary elements – a US$50-million Programmatic
Policy-Based (PBP) loan and a US$50-million investment loan.

The
PBP loan will facilitate measures to address prevention and control through a
people-centered primary health chronic care model.

On
the other hand, the investment element comprises three components –
US$40,155,000 for the organisation and consolidation of integrated health
services networks; US$7,500 for the improvement of management, quality and
efficiency of health services; and US$2,345,000 for programme administration
and evaluation.

It
includes upgrading and rehabilitation of health facilities and purchase of
medical equipment; strengthening diagnostic services; design and implementation
of an Electronic Health Record platform; and strengthening of
telehealth/telemedicine capacity, among other things.

Dr
Tufton said the programme is “transformational (and) represents for us, an
opportunity that we should take advantage of to change the narrative (and)…
culture of public health in the interest of achieving better health and
wellness for our population, which is our ultimate objective”.

He commended the IDB for making the investment in Jamaica, and noted the Government’s commitment to achieving the programme objectives.

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