Dr. Firas Al-Abiad, the caretaker minister of health, received Ronald Gomez Suarez, a health economist for the World Bank’s Lebanon branch, and Juan Pablo Uribe, the organization’s global director of health, nutrition, population, and the global financing facility, on Friday.
According to reports, discussions covered the issues the health industry in Lebanon is now facing as well as the Ministry of Health’s initiatives, the Primary Health Care Program being the most significant.
The possibility of cooperation between the Ministry and the World Bank in many projects was also discussed, mostly focusing on primary health care, maternal, and child health.
For his part, the Minister of Health explained how the remainder of the World Bank’s loan that’s been allocated to fight the Corona virus, will be invested to support and develop the network of primary health care centers.
Al-Abiad noted the paramount importance of the role played by international organizations in supporting governments by providing the necessary technical support for planning and implementing projects on the one hand, and securing the necessary funding for them on the other.