HEALTH minister David Parirenyatwa has revealed that the World Bank has invested $45 million in Zimbabwe’s health sector since 2011.
Parirenyatwa was speaking at a global Results-Based Financing (RBF) workshop organised by the World Bank on Monday.
BY REJOICE CHINGWARU
“The World Bank has supported us with about $45 million for counterpart funding and we are pleased with their generosity,” Parirenyatwa said.
“The World Bank has played a significant role in the health sector over the past few years, so it does not come as a surprise when we ask for counterpart funding.”
Parirenyatwa said the programme had influenced better use of resources and increased accountability in the health delivery system.
“RBF has helped us to intensify our focus on results and more efficient use of inputs and it is not a replacement of inputs financing for the health sector, but a mechanism that accelerated progress,” Parirenyatwa said.
World Bank country manager for Zimbabwe, Camille Nuama, commended the Ministry of Health for efficient utilisation of inputs.
“I have witnessed first-hand in various clinics and hospitals across the country how transformative and powerful RBF can be as an instrument,” she said.
She also implored the World Bank to keep supporting Zimbabwe especially in this phase of economic crisis.
“RBF is critical for Zimbabwe in order to sustain the progress it has made so far since the collapse of basic services in 2008 and I urge Treasury to continue with this support and try to increase it as the economy recovers,” Nuama said.