World Bank, CIDA to finance $80M health project in Malawi

Not all donors are backing out of Malawi.

On Tuesday (March 27), the World Bank announced a new $80 million project that will help address health-related problems in Malawi. The announcement came days after the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corp. formally suspended its $350 million compact with Malawi over governance issues. The Canadian International Development Agency is co-financing $13.1 million of the project.

Fifty million dollars will be allocated for HIV and AIDS. The project aims to support the national HIV and AIDS strategic plan that runs from 2011 to 2016.

Apart from HIV and AIDS, the project aims to tackle malnutrition in the country, especially among children and mothers. It will scale up maternal and child nutrition service delivery in 15 districts in Malawi not covered by the bank’s development partners.

The project will be implemented by the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS. It is expected to end in 2017.

Last year, donors such as Germany, Norway, the European Union and the United Kingdom suspended their budget support for Malawi due to human rights abuses.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.