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World Bank approves $1 billion for health, education in Cong...

World Bank approves $1 billion for health, education in Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is about to experience major reforms in its health and education system. These sectors have remained under-managed for the past years according to the World Health Organization, and its cause has been identified to be as a result of under-funding, conflict and ultimately, mismanagement.

Thus, the World Bank on Tuesday, announced, that they had approved a sum of $1billion to fund the health and education system in the country, and the funding includes $435 million in grants and $565 million in credit.

Jean Christopher Carret, the world bank country director said, “This funding is all the more important because it will help alleviate the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus affecting the poorest”.

The funding comprises $800 to support free primary school education and $200 to improve maternal and child health.

Congo has had 4,974 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 112 deaths and the outbreak has added to the strain on the country’s fragile health and education systems.

After taking office in January 2019, President Felix Tshisekedi had vowed to make universal free education one of his priorities, but development agencies say there has been little sign of progress.

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