WASHINGTON DC, March 30, 2021 – The Board of Directors of the World Bank today approved a loan of US $ 250 million to strengthen the public health system that serves 17 million people. An additional loan of $ 80 million will support efforts to improve efficiency and access to digital government services.
“It is essential to strengthen public health systems and other areas of state through technology and innovation, as this impacts larger and better services to our people, not only to face the emergency of the pandemic, but also to promote presentations in a sustainable way. long-term path, ”said Gustavo Beliz, Secretary of Strategic Planning of Argentina.
Funding for the “Supporting Effective Health Coverage” project will improve access to equitable and quality medical care across the country. The project supports maternal and child health, as well as the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases (hypertension and cancer, among others), with a focus on the most vulnerable families. It will also help advance the implementation of digital medical records, thereby promoting the integration of national and provincial information systems.
“Our aim is to increase the tools currently available to enable millions of people to access key services to improve their quality of life, and to ensure that these services are not interrupted even in emergency situations such as the current pandemic “, noted Jordan Schwartz, World Bank Director for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The “Digital inclusion and innovation in public services” project aims to improve efficiency and access to digital services for the benefit of 12 million people and nearly 90,000 businesses. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of users who perform procedures online tripled, and people registered on the “Mi Argentina” portal increased from 1.5 to 5 million. Given the growing demand, this project will support the sub-national expansion of remote access platforms (Mi Argentina, Trámites a Distancia and Sistema Nacional de Turnos). It will also contribute to the establishment and improvement of online systems, such as document management and e-procurement (Compr.AR and Contrat.AR), digital signatures and digital civil registers. , as well as the expansion of the digital service network. points across the country to improve digital accessibility for the most vulnerable populations.
Since 2004, the World Bank has supported the efforts of the Argentine government to achieve effective universal coverage of its health care programs. Since 2017, the Bank has also supported the digital government strategy through the “Modernization and innovation for better public services” project, which has supported the digital transformation of services such as administrative files, purchases and services to citizens.
Both are variable spread loans, with a 32-year repayment period and a seven-year grace period.
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